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BrentHello I'm Brent Zeller, founder and developer of Effortless Tennis. Effortless Tennis is a completely different approach to tennis instruction, learning, and life. The difference is in the underlying philosophy. Conventional tennis is based on a competitive model of behavior, i.e. trying to beat the other player. Effortless Tennis is based on a cooperative, i.e. non-competitive, behavior model, working with the other player so that each will benefit and attain their potential. This philosophy applies not just to tennis but is an overall worldview. In much of life, competition is out of control. Everybody is competing against everybody else. The old "dog eat dog" mentality has gone too far. It is time to raise our awareness and learn how to help each other be our best. This belief is the core of Effortless Tennis.

Comprehensive Learning System
Effortless Tennis is a comprehensive, integrated system of learning designed to help players not only reach their physical potential, but their mental and emotional potentials as well. The physical aspects of the game are very important, but it is the mental and emotional components that are the true challenge and determine how much you will improve. The Effortless Learning System works well for players of all levels - neophyte to world class. The program has been developed from my 55 year involvement in sports, 49 years of playing tennis, 42 years of teaching tennis, and 45 years of studying history, psychology, philosophy, human nature, and learning theory.

What I have observed while watching or playing sports was that there was this "state of being" that sometimes occurred where everything seemed to flow and nothing could go wrong. This is what I have termed the "effortless" state. It is commonly referred to as " the zone." At first, attaining the zone is a fleeting experience. As soon as you realize it is happening, it is gone. In time, you are able to regulate its occurance, but it takes quite a bit of time and practice. This phenomenon so fascinated me that I have spent the last 42 years researching, experimenting, and understanding just what was happening. From this work I have isolated the variables and come up with a model for motor learning that enables everyone to experience this elusive state, on a regular basis.

Putting The Cart Before The Horse
One of the main obstacles to attaining this "effortless state" is conventional tennis' premature emphasis on competition and winning. The problem comes from the introduction of competition before a player has actually learned the fundamentals of the game. In conventional tennis the goal, from day one, is to learn how to beat somebody. People either take a few lessons or maybe no lessons and then immediately start playing games (competitively.) It is virtually impossible to learn how to play the game and compete at the same time. Mastering the fundamentals is essential before beginning competition. Otherwise, long-term development is greatly inhibited. As you can see in the graph below, in conventional tennis there is almost no time before you begin competing. Once you begin competing you do it for the rest of the time you play the game



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Introduction to Effortless Tennis & the Keys to Peak Performance. Brent’s Introductory Talk to his
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"The Kids Aren't All Right"
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"Learning & Competition

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