Sunday, June 29, 2014

Tennis Topic & Quote of the Day: Mental Imagery and Visualization in Shot Making

"What should be going through your mind as you hit the tennis ball? It's a big question - possibly the biggest question."

For John Yandell, one of the sport's leading hi-speed videographers of world-class pros and website creator of, the answer appears to be visualization of the successful shot you will hit. In other words, the "image of the shot" or a positive mental picture of the stroke - based on feel, imagery and imagination. 

Yandell argues that this image of the shot actually "produces the precise technical motion", and that this "positive mental imagery leads to physical confidence."

Yandell explains, "John McEnroe told me this 30 years ago: 'Sometimes I will see a shot flash across my mind just before I hit it.' . . . Andre Agassi put it this way: 'You have visions of what you are going to do before it happens.' . . . Billie Jean King turned this experience into a conscious, disciplined process and ritualized virtually every shot she hit through mental imagery. . . 

"Pancho Gonzales, arguably one the toughest competitors in the history of tennis, pre-visualized every match he played, including specific shot combinations. In his mind, he had already won the match when he went on court."

For Yandell, the vast majority of people in sports are visual and kinesthetic learners. And the
biggest fundamental challenge in improving tennis teaching, says Yandell, is "to move the emphasis from the verbal world to the world of seeing and feeling."

For more on mental imagery and visualization in shot-making, visit John Yandell's comprehensive and visually instructive site:


From - Mental Imagery: Synthesizing the Physical and Mental Games, John Yandell,, (June 2014 Issue) Web: (Free 30 Day Subscription for New Visitors)

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