Ace Your Tennis Game From Home
We're excited to announce that Wild Dunes Director of Tennis Charly Rasheed has authored a new book, Brain Alignment: The Art of Focus in Tennis focusing on how to take your game from reactive to proactive using sports psychology with doubles strategy as the vehicle. Read our very own inside scoop from Charly regarding this new release.
What inspired you to write this book?
[Charly] I was a double major in college. I studied both English and Philosophy so molding convoluted thoughts into a linear stream of conscious is part of my code. I had stumbled on an epiphany on the tennis court while discussing a fundamental in tennis with an 85 year old doctor that I teach. That epiphany spawned the philosophy I developed called Brain Alignment.
So many of my students over the years have responded positively to my style of instruction and have often asked, “Do you have this written anywhere?” I have always enjoyed writing articles for different tennis publications. Writing a book, however, was a serious commitment I made to myself. I literally became addicted to the process of writing the book and then the process to make the work a finished product.
Do you have a favorite chapter?
[Charly] My favorite chapter of the book is A Conversation with Dr. Baird. It details a conversation we had during one of my tennis lessons I was administering to him. I was frustrated at the time due to my lack of understanding as to why my students and I had such issues managing contact point from a visual perspective. His knowledge, wisdom, and charm is exposed in this chapter as I describe a conversation that drove me towards my teaching philosophy.
What will be the main take away readers will learn after finishing your book?
[Charly] My theory and teaching philosophy of Brain Alignment, suggesting that in a competitive arena, such as tennis, we are two selves: The Logical Self and The Athletic Self and how to use this philosophy to improve your game.
What is your favorite piece of advice for tennis players trying to improve their game?
[Charly] It is very important that practice arena mirrors the competitive arena. Too often, I find my students on the practice courts disengaged on a mental, physical, and emotional level. The tournament environment or the league match produces nervous energy in and of itself. The best players have the ability to recreate this energy on the practice court holding themselves accountable for unforced errors, footwork related issues, and focus for extended periods of time.
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