Some Interesting Tennis Statistics

Last week I asked a select group of my readers to answer the following question:

If there was ONE thing that I could improve about my tennis game,

it would be:____________________________________________

I spent the weekend going over the emails and the response was enormous! Most of the people who responded had one particular thing in their game that they wanted to improve. Here are the results of the answers that 69 of them gave to the following question:

If there was ONE thing that I could improve about my tennis game, normzplumbing

it would be:____________________________________________

1. My Serve 23 (33%)

2. My Backhand 11 (16%)

3. My Mental Game / My Mental Toughness (10) 14%

4. My Volleys / My Net Game / My Overheads (9) 13%

5. My Strategy (8) 12%

6. My Footwork / My Level of Fitness / My Forehand / All Others 8 (12%)

These are some interesting statistics! I also asked respondents to list the benefits they would gain from improving these areas of their game. Here’s the breakdown:

What’s the benefit you’ll gain from it?

1. I would gain confidence. 54%

2. I would be more consistent. 18%

3. I would win more matches. 14%

4. I would have more fun / enjoy the game more. 12%

5. I would be more competitive / all others. 2%

No surprise to me that their Serve came in as the number one response. Being that it’s the most important shot in tennis (and rightfully so), tennis class Singapore the serve is the one shot that over 1/3 of my readers want to improve.

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One interesting statistic that is missing from the above list (it didn’t appear anywhere) was My Return of Serve. The return of serve is the second most important shot in the game of tennis, and yet it didn’t make the list. The absence of the return of serve in this poll is interesting from a logical point of view – it should be there – but totally understandable by Yours Truly, because the return of serve is not a ‘cool’ shot for most players. Most players (time to be honest) will attribute a poor return of serve to something magical that their opponent did with their serve; or perhaps brush it off as a fluke. Often times when a player misses a return of serve, they either

1) Congratulate their opponent on a great serve, or

2) Berate themselves loudly on the court for missing a return that they can’t pass off as a great serve by their opponent.

Oh, how the ego rears it’s ugly head on the tennis court!

Now don’t get me wrong; I’m not here to put anyone down, but rather to clarify and enlighten you on the best way to get the results you want. That’s what it all really boils down to, right? Results. Results matter. Results are what we want. So let’s take a closer look at how to get them.

In order to get the results you want on the tennis court, you’ve got to figure out why you want them. There were some fine answers listed above: Confidence, Consistency, Winning More Matches, Having Fun, Enjoying the Game of Tennis, Being Competitive…outstanding responses. These are all benefits of gained by the improvement in one single area.

Let’s peel away the layers here for a minute and see what those benefits might lead to in a personal way.

If, for example, you want a better serve because it would allow you to win more matches, then stop and think about the benefit of winning more matches. What does that mean to you personally? Does it mean respect and admiration from your friends, parents, fellow tennis players, teammates, coach, etc?

That’s where you want to go in your mind. Go to the place where you see the personal benefits of improving your tennis game – not just the ‘on-court’ benefits. When you focus on the personal benefits of improving your game, you have left the realm of wishful thinking and entered the world of Possibility Thinking. This gives you the mental fuel to focus on doing the work necessary to get the results you want on the tennis court.

So how would you feel if I told you that you could possibly get the great feeling of __________ (fill in the blank) if you were able to fix the parts of your tennis game that are broken? Great or really great? This is where the rubber meets the road. The personal benefits you get are what you really desire. You can do this! The key is to improve in the areas of your game that you need to fix, and focus on the personal benefit you will gain from it.


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