mental training


Freedom from Pressure Leads to a Gold Ball Victory 3

I wrote early in the week about my worries and doubts. By writing about them I was able to see them as self perceived and, basically, not truths. These thoughts and feelings were all self perceived.  Over the years I have trained out thoughts that don’t give me what I […]


It Never Gets Old

It Never Gets Old All of us, before a match, like to get a short warmup in with another one players still left in the tournament. Steven Radigan, a player from Connecticut that I competed with when I was living and playing on Long Island twenty years ago. We both […]


The Sweetness of Playing on Grass

There is nothing like it. All the players in all white clothes. The smell of the grass that is cut each night. The spongy feeling of walking on a big lawn. And when playing…it is quiet. Like no other court, there is no sound when the ball bounces. Playing on […]


My Favorite Tournament 10

National Grass Court Championships Every fall I get the opportunity to experience playing on a grass tennis court. My memories of playing on the grass started when I was 37 when I got to play at Forest Hills. Never having set foot on a grass court I had no idea […]


Closing it Out Against the Top Dog is HARD 24

Smiling both inside and out I thought “this is what I love about this game.” I knew that I was being asked the question. “Will you play safe and hope to escape with a win or will you go after it?”


A Win and a Loss That Feels Like a Win 31

The normal ups and downs of tennis matches, points and shots. I needed to continue to be accepting of these ups and downs. They come with the game.


Creating a Success Template 4

The words “shouldn’t,” “don’t,” “can’t,” have faded out along with large global words like “never and all. They seem to provide little value to what I want from myself.


Encouragement and Instruction…Everything Else Interferes 8

I have been working on my game for 35+ years. It is never too late and I never know too much to learn something new..


I Yam What I Yam 8

I am what I am. I am not my old story and not yet my new story. Never perfect. Working toward being better. Always on the journey. That is who I am.


Stories Can Take Your Games to Another Level 2

I am working on comments about Federer and Rafa’s extraordinary Australian Open. In the meantime…