Jul 23

The Real Purpose Of Tennis Practice

What is the main purpose of practice?

Well, let me start by telling you what its not. Its not to improve your strokes (not directly anyway). Its not to work on footwork or even concentration. These are all indirect benefits of what you are aiming to do which is to build habits.

Tennis practice is about developing the habits that you would like to happen during a match without any conscious thought. The way in which you practice serves to either build these habits or destroy them and create habits that detract from your performance during match conditions.

Here are 4 mistakes people make in practice (or matches depending on how you want to look at it).

1. You practice to develop your game and work on hitting targets that lie all around the court. Yet when you get on the court you focus on playing against an opponent. Heres a question for you how much time due you spend in practice analyzing an opponent? Usually none!

Second question how much time during matches do you spend focusing on specific targets on the court?

2. The single biggest and most obvious mistake people make on the court is that they practice with very little mental or physical intensity and wonder why it avoids them when they need it during a match.

What you dont practice will most certainly arise as the thing you must practice in order to succeed.

3. Focusing on the score. In practice, your focus is often on your performance. Yet when you get into a match situation your mind become dominated by the score. This can only lead to poor performance. Focusing on results is thinking in reverse.

The score is the effect of the causes you put into place.


Jul 22

How To Make Running For Weight Loss More Effective

As a fitness tool, running for weight loss can be an excellent strategy to implement with your journey of trimming down all the excess body weight that you dont desire.

When I perform my daily workout with my 2.5 year old daughter using a jogging stroller in the DC area, I have known joggers, runners, or whatever you want to call them who are not in the shape they should be for the effort and time I have observed they put in.

You might be curious how do I know that, if I am just watching them jogging by and dont know if they are satisfied or not with the results they accomplished?

Well, I have got to know some of them and exchanged some brief talks during stretching or when I my daughter waves and says hello to some. The other part of it, I can just give an educated guess as a personal trainer who for years was working with mostly women clients.

I have observed that women usually have an objective to have a decent looking body, like firm arms and legs and midsection that is fairly lean and we are not talking about 7% body leanness.

Or even maybe those committed runners would like to find out if there is another way to improve their body, just maybe!

So today I will teach you an effective tool that you can use for the rest of your life to aid you as a woman whom is interested to keep in shape the smart way. But dont get me wrong, you still will be working hard but not the hard and long grueling exercise you see all around you.

Weight Loss for Women with Running (the other kind!)

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Jul 22

Why Women Love Athletic Jocks

Whether they participate in individual or team sports, athletic jocks know that they are eye-catching.

The he-man quarterback who captained the winning team, the first rate pitcher who threw the hauntingly mean curve ball, the underrated wrestler who triumphed when it counted and the hockey player who scored the nail baiting goal. All snatched uncertain victory from the jaws of defeat and snagged girlfriends in high school.

Why were you girls mad about them?

Let’s not play coy here. Physically and socially, the jocks were conquerors then, and they still bear the same standing today. Tough, strong, built like a rock, the male athlete is a fine symbol of physical magnificence and not to be overlooked is the star status that goes with being a champion.

So what’s wrong with that? Don’t we all love extraordinary male abs, rippling thighs and raw physical talent? Yes we do. The fit, muscular guy represents to us strength, vigor, vitality and security. He is our protector who will keep us safe in harsh times. Not that we have anything against sweet Tiny Tim. Even our fashionable metro-sexual honey who has effectively merged manliness with the chic and urbane doesn’t get away; because when we are faced with harsh decisions, do we really yearn for sensitivity, empathy or trendy pathos from our man first or are we looking for an immediate practical dose of realism to help us solve our problems?

We want a man who can lift us far above the ground when the economic tsunami comes, who can call the play and rally the troops when the team of opponents breach the rules and who can pin the bastards on the mat when they try to get the upper hand.

These days the strapping, hefty, jock who represents strength and power,

Jul 22

Offering Lobster Tennis Machine As Tennis Ball Machine For Sale

Should you bother to consider a tennis ball machine for sale like the Lobster Tennis Machine as a tennis training equipment? Any player who requires a lot more practices to improve the sport, with or maybe with no training companion.

The game is one that involves investment of personal time and money. This is especially true for serious players who play in order to get better at the sport.

With the diverse tennis training equipment and gears you will need, sourcing for the best tennis ball machine for sale by checking out the top tennis ball machine reviews using the net is but one fantastic way to safeguard all your investment. For this reason, why be happy with some really cheap machines?

As a piece of tennis training equipment, many machines by and large are ideal for supporting players with their practices. If you are much like me, chances are you could possibly be overwhelmed by the variety of product offerings hyping themselves as the best tennis ball machine for sale. For those who have read some of the countless internet tennis ball machine reviews, big brands such as Sports Tutor, Wilson, Prince, Playmate as well as Lobster tennis machine, should sound familiar.

Among the product labels, Lobster Tennis Machine seems to stand out in terms of overall product design, quality of build, features and functionality. Most notably, the Lobster Tennis Machine comes with a two-year warranty which is quite rare for equivalent products of other makes. Lobster Tennis Machine is not cheap but it deserves your second look. Never be too quick to decide. Pick the most matching tennis ball machine for sale that definitely help players like you in much more ways during training. Steer clear of the mistake of settling for some cheap tennis ball machines.


Jul 22

Myths & Reality Behind College Athletic Scholarships

Are you having a strong passion for getting a College Athletic Scholarship? Are you familiar with the athletic recruiting process? Are you aware of the complete procedure involved in getting an athletic scholarship? Do you think that securing a prized college athletic scholarship is a damn tough task? Well, the truth is that it isnt easy, but still possible. Thousands of students are getting this prestigious scholarship every year. But, there are several myths that are demotivating the students. These common lies should not be taken seriously at all. Some of the myths and reality are listed below:

Common Myths & Lies

Myth 1.
People say that if you are not an elite athlete, then you cant get a college athletic scholarship.
This thinking is totally wrong. Even if you are not an excellent athlete, you can still get the scholarship. The huge majority of college athletes is not elite players, but many of them are still getting accolades.

Myth 2.
Dont believe when people say that if you are living in a small or rural area where there is not any athletic recruitment, you will not be able to get a scholarship.
This is nothing but garbage. Yes, it is difficult to get the attention of coaches in college, but still one can grab many opportunities by showing great skills and getting noticed among athletic recruiters. Participating in camps and colleges helps a lot. Good performance in tournaments and championship games never goes away unnoticed.

Myth 3.
You will be completely wrong if you think that you are not as good as college athletes coming on TV.
Pure rubbish it is. You see NCAA Division I athletes on television, who belong to the most competitive level of college

Jul 20

Garuda Indonesia Tennis Masters 2009

The most prestigious tennis tournament “Garuda Indonesia Tennis Masters” with total prize money of IDR 500 million is in the second year and successfully managed by Sportama from November 25 “” 29, 2009 at the Executive Club Tennis Complex, Sultan Hotel, Jakarta.

“Garuda Indonesia Tennis Masters” in its first year is making a history as the biggest prize money tennis tournament in Indonesia. It is also the peak of the 5 open tournament in “Garuda Indonesia Tennis Series”, which is founded and managed by Sportama with the main sponsor of the national carrier “Garuda Indonesia”. The 5 tournaments in the series have been conducted and organized successfully starting with “Okeshop Tennis Open” and followed by “Alfamart Cup”, both held in Jakarta. The 3rd tournament was “BTPN Tegal Open” in Tegal followed by “Bukit Asam Open” in Palembang and lastly was “Sportama Solo Open” in Solo, which is ended on November 1, 2009. Each of the series provides IDR 150 million in prize money.

“Garuda Indonesia Tennis Masters” is clearly the peak tournament at the end of the year because only 8 players men and women with the highest points from at least 3 of the 5 “Garuda Indonesia Tennis Series” tournaments are eligible to play.

In this most prestigious tennis event, 8 players are divided into 2 groups. There are Garuda and Rajawali group for men and Cendrawasih and Merak group for women. For doubles, there are Elang and Kasuari groups with 4 players in each group. Meanwhile, women”s doubles only has 4 doubles pairs.

In these 3 events (men”s and women”s singles, and men”s doubles), the round robin format is used and then the winner from each group would face the runner-ups. Only women”s doubles is using elimination round.

Men”s singles winner is successfully defended by Christopher Rungkat

Jul 19

Short History Of Tennis

Tennis is now single of the most well-liked sports all across the world. Tennis has get one of the most liked sport in most countries. Now being covered by large television and sponsorship, tennis is considered one of the richest sport in the world. The sport is played for recreation and amateur tournaments by millions of folks. Players choose on their love of tennis following the styles of current champions Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and celebrated slam champions in Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, the Williams sisters, Steffi Graf, Martina Hingis, Martina Navratilova, and many more. If you’re a follower of the sport you would certainly recognize these names. How did the sport of tennis materialize? This sport is today on its unstoppable fame; it’s even becoming a contest about fashion.

When, who and how did the sport of tennis originate? The French invented a game they call “paume” meaning palm on the 12th century where they utilize their hands to move the ball. Within Europe the game became so popular and widespread that they started using rackets and change the name “paume” to “jeu de paume”. In 1873, Major Walter Wingfield created a game called Sphairistik, which is a Greek word for “playing ball”, he first played it on a grass court in Wales. It was given the name “sticky” at first and used in most books about the history of tennis, then it became known as “lawn tennis”, from which the present outdoor tennis advanced.

Later in history, lovers of the game had the need to compete and prove their excellent skills of the sport, so amateur and professional tournaments were established. Today, there are several international tournaments including the four tennis Grand Slams. The first of the slam tournaments is the U.S. Open. It was in this

Jul 18

Mastering The Table Tennis Was Never So Easy

Table tennis is a fun sport to play. It also helps you keep fit because you exercise all the body muscles when playing. Its no wonder so many people are trying to learn how to play it. The most attractive thing about table tennis is that it does not require many and expensive equipment. Neither does it need a big team. The beauty of it is that you can play it right inside your house! I am going to show you easy steps to follow if you want to master table tennis.

The first thing you need to do is get a good coach who should provide progressive training sessions. This may not be practical due to lack of time to train, proper scheduling may also be impossible, not forgetting that it will cost you quite some money! But there is an easier option. You need to get hold of table tennis training DVDs.

There are various table tennis instructional DVDs available online at very low costs. They have easy to follow instructions in step by step slow motion. One thing you need to put in mind is that it is hard to know all the strokes at a go. Embark on learning one stroke at a time. There are many ping-pong instructional DVDs to choose from. There is even a Jan Ove Waldner DVD featuring the great player.

A ping-pong instructional DVD is a good trainer. It has a compilation of all the steps you need to follow in order to make a winning shot. It shows you how to increase you finesse and be more aggressive in your defense. Ping-pong DVDs are usually 1 to 11/2 hours long and come in series. Each series is a lesson on one specific stroke. Some exceptional shots you will learn

Jul 15

Tennis Psychology Controlling Frustration On The Court

Do you get frustrated when you are not playing up to your potential?

Many tennis players experience frustration during a match. They may make the wrong decision on a shot, make an unforced error or lose a game when theyve had the lead. These can all be sources of frustration for tennis players. Many players experience frustration because they are not playing their best tennis.

One tennis player wanted to know how to stay focused and calm when not playing as well as I would like.

The key is to know what causes you to become frustrated or upset about your performance. Many athletes are frustrated because they arent performing up to their expectations. Expectations arent helpful to your performance. Expectations can cause athletes to judge their performance and can lead to added pressure.

The key is to let go of your expectations. Because your expectations have developed over years and years of play, it may be difficult to let go of your expectations. Try setting process goals to replace your expectations. Use process goals to guide and track your performance. Avoid trying to judge your performance based on your process goals.

Another cause of frustration is dwelling on mistakes. When players dwell on mistakes they may over analyze or think too much about the mistake. Tennis players who dwell on mistakes are stuck in the past, which doesnt help them play in the present moment. Dwelling on past mistakes can affect your performance on the next points and can cause more mistakes. The key is to play one point at a time. Think of each point as the start of the match.

Some players may be annoyed or frustrated at their opponent. Players may become angry at their opponents strategy, their line calls

Jul 13

Nike Tennis Shoes And How To Buy Wholesale

Nike tennis shoes have always been a leader in the upscale tennis shoe market and since the 80’s they have pretty dominated the market by signing big name sports stars like Michael Jordan and more recently LeBron James and Tiger Woods. Nike spends big money on getting these celebrity sports star endorsements to the tune of nearly 500 million dollars a year so it must be working for them. The signature Michael Jordan shoes called Air Jordan continue to be popular even after 20 years on the market.

Nike Air Jordans can be easily distinguished from other tennis shoes just by their logo alone. The earlier releases featured a winged basketball and could be found near the ankle area on both sides of the shoe as well as the tongue. When Nike introduced the 4th generation of the shoe the logo was changed to a basketball player in air as if he were dunking a basketball. This logo is known as the “jumpman” and appears in numerous places on the shoe.

Air Jordan tennis shoes are innovators in technology in the industry, the whole technology behind designing the shoe to bring in air to the soles gives them the comfort that everyone is looking for. This feature is standard in all of the Air Jordan tennis shoes but the newer ones of course are much better and even feature an adjustment pump which enables the wearer of the shoe to adjust it to suit his own needs.

These are not cheap tennis shoes, I can remember as a kid buying tennis shoes for no more than $20 but Air Jordans sell for as much as 300 bucks or more. This has created a great secondary wholesale market, especially on the internet where prices are even more competitive. In order to

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