Letting Go of Mistakes on The Court

How to Let Go of Errors in Tennis

In “Sports Psychology Sessions with Doc,” Dr. Patrick Cohn answers a question from a tennis player who frequently gets mad at herself and her game on the court.

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Do you have trouble letting go of errors during tennis matches?

Here’s the topic Dr. Patrick Cohn discusses this week:

How can you let go of past mistakes and move on on the tennis court?

Lori wrote in and said:

“I play tennis and very frequently get mad at myself and my game. I cannot seem to let go of my mistakes and need help with myself mentally on the court. I am constantly blaming myself for all the mistakes. What would you suggest?”

This is a common question from tennis players who tend to get upset, frustrated and angry on the tennis court.

How can you move on from mistakes and focus on the present?

Watch the video to see what mental game tips Dr. Cohn gives to tennis players for letting go of on court errors.

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