Developing a Warrior Mode | AskThePro

The mental side of competitive sports is crucial as it directly impacts an athlete’s performance and ability to handle pressure. Developing strong mental resilience, focus, and confidence can often be the differentiating factor between success and failure!

Today’s SMH contained an insightful article on Stuart Board’s development as a professional cricketer. Here’s the relevant teaching extract:

” …. �It’s been a remarkable career for someone who, in his first year of international cricket, was hammered for six consecutive sixes by India’s Yuvraj Singh during the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa. Broad claims that over was the making of him.

‘‘ It was obviously a pretty tough day . . . I learned loads,’’ Broad recalled. ‘‘ I pretty much based a whole mental routine through that experience, knowing I was left very short as an international performer in that moment.

I rushed my preparation, I didn’t have any sort of pre-ball routine, I didn’t have any focus. And I started building my sort of ‘warrior mode’ that I call it after that.

But I think it steeled me up to make me the competitor I am to this day and has driven me forward.

You obviously go through massive peaks and troughs. But ultimately, I think it’s that bounce-back ability and ability to put poor days behind you because certainly . . . you have a lot more bad days than good days in cricket. You have to be able to deal with them to make sure your good days can flourish …….’’

In tennis, like any sport, there are highs and lows, victories and defeats. But it’s the ability to bounce back from setbacks, to learn from the bad days and to develop the resilience needed to thrive in the face of adversity.

Embracing a “warrior mode” emphasizes the importance of incorporating pre-serve and 4-7-8 breathing rituals to reset one’s determination in overcoming setbacks during matches, ultimately allowing players to persistently seek solutions and maintain a competitive edge.

Good luck.
Rob  Tennis Whisperer