…If I’m the Better Player Why Can’t I Win!?
That was the question that one of my students asked me after a frustrating loss. You see, I was telling him that he was good enough to beat the player he had just lost too.
So, when he asked me that question it was a moment of clarity for me as a coach. I understood for the first time that my player truly did not know why he lost.
He was convinced that he could only play his best in practice and that he was doomed to always play worse in an actual match once the scoreboard was turned on.
This conversation is what got me started in developing a system for my players to help them play as good in matches as they could in practice.
I felt like Tennis IQ was the biggest reason my players were coming up short. They definitely cared enough, worked hard enough, and practiced enough, but the reality was they simply did not know HOW to play in matches. They had no real plan and therefore would just react to their opponents and were always at their mercy.