Many tennis players spend a lot of time and money learning the tactical and technical skills of tennis. Few players invest the same energy in mastering the mental skills. Yet any competitive tennis player will tell you the mind is the one to conquer. Tina Greenbaum, LCSW, Sport Psychology Consultant and Fred Sperber, Prince Pro Staff Team member, have joined together to create a unique program combining mental skills training both on and off the court.
In a two-hour free workshop set for Saturday, Dec. 8 from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at Eastern Athletic Club in Melville, N.Y. Greenbaum and Sperber of Tennis to the Max will give participants a firsthand glimpse of their current level of mental skills acumen, as well as an introduction into the specifics of a comprehensive training program.
The seeds of Tennis to the Max were sown when Greenbaum would listen to Coach Sperber point out how difficult it was for some of his high school, varsity tennis players, to match their performance and confidence level when practicing to those same levels when actually competing during matches. Performance under pressure is often a problem for many athletes. Training and practice is the answer. Tennis to the Max offers the competitive player the best of both worlds in learning these skills: A Master Tennis Instructor and a Master Mental Skills Expert, working in tandem.
"I feel, since participating in the program, I am playing the best tennis of my life," said a Tennis to the Max student. "I feel so much more confident in my game using a number of their techniques to stay focused. This was the best investment I could have ever made in my tennis game!"
Sperber has been coaching tennis for more than 27 years. He is the currently coaching Oyster Bay Girls Tennis team and is a full-time pro at Eastern Athletic Club in Melville. Greenbaum is a sport psychology consultant, a holistic psychotherapist and a workshop leader who has been in practice for more than 30 years.