A Three-step Plan For Using Visualization Techniques To Improve Your Game
Tennis|May/June 2019

If you can’t imagine it, you can’t do it: a three-step plan for using visualization techniques to improve your game

Stephen Tignor

“I’m a true believer in visualization,” Djokovic continued. “I do that a lot. I think that I had to do that more than ever in my life 12 months ago.”

After missing the second half of the 2017 season with injury, Djokovic slowly worked his way back into form as 2018 began, and took some surprising losses along the way. But when he regained his health and confidence, he didn’t waste time turning his visions into reality. Of course, even Djokovic admits that hitting a perfect shot in your dreams is not the same as hitting one in real life—“It’s a lot easier said than done,” he said.

But are there ways to train yourself to make the leap from imagination to reality more easily; to increase your chances of reproducing with your body what you see in your mind.

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