Goal setting is a player’s ability to determine tasks and outcomes that must be accomplished and
understand the steps necessary to reach those goals.
He must be able to set his goals within a schedule so as to maximize his level performance. Setting goals
gives a player a sense of direction and achievement by mastering skills.
There are three main types of goals:
1- Short-term (daily or weekly goals).
2- Intermediate (monthly goals).
3- Long-term (annual or career goals).
To begin setting goals a player must ask himself: Where am I now? Where do I want to be? What must I do
to get there?
Goal setting can be anything from improving first-serve percentage to making at least 10 fewer errors in a
match to improving one level on the NTRP scale.
Goals should be performance based not results based. Players should not set goals to “win a match” or
“win a tournament.”
Focusing on the overall goal of winning can be counterproductive because results-based thinking draws a
player’s focus away from the current point and away from performance and shot execution. The key is for a
player to concentrate on the technique, strategy and tactics that lead to success, such as playing high
percentage tennis, having good footwork and executing solid, consistent groundstrokes.
As sport psychologist Jim Loehr, Ed.D. says, “The more clarity you have in what you want, the greater the
chances you’re going to get there. Drive is the single best predictor of success. The more athletes develop
goals that connect with them, the greater the chances they’re going to work for something and fight through
all the turmoil that’s necessary to emerge victorious.”
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