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Nature Vs. Man: Playing The Elements To Your Favor

November 18, 2017

 

November 18, 2017

I want to take a moment to give out a big THANK YOU for all of you that have subscribed to this blog.  I have enjoyed trying to come up with new topics to blog about that would give you an opportunity to improve your tennis game.  With Thanksgiving approaching, I find this a good time to show gratitude to you all and wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!  Enjoy the blog! 

 

Introduction

We have all been there before.  The sun is in your eyes during a serve.  The wind howling to your back as you try to lob your opponent.  Or you’re playing a tough match during a hot day, leaving you drained before the first set is even over.  Weather can create havoc to your game....if you let it.  Knowing how to handles these conditions can allow you to have the right mindset and clarity to do your best in the least favorable of conditions.  Let's take a look at the different weather situations that you might encounter and how to handle them.  

 

Playing In The Sun

Here you are doing a beautiful job of setting up a point where all you have to do is hit an overhead smash to finish it.  And then you look up.  The sun’s glare in your eyes can be paralyzing, keeping you from reaping the rewards of finishing a point you worked so hard in setting up.  There are a few things to consider when having this situation.  I first look at the angle of the sun with my toss.  Do I need to adjust the toss so I’m not looking into the sun when serving?  Where is the sun moving throughout the match?  Are their clouds that can eventually block the sun out?  All of these questions help me prepare for playing with me facing the sun.  I also suggest warming up with the s