Fran Davis: Playing When You Are Behind in a Game/Match

We have all been in this type of situation before when we are losing the game/match and are “playing from behind.” We try to get back to good form and even up the game/match or possibly forge ahead. It is critical at this point in the match to play smart strategy as there is very little room to make any mistakes. Continue reading “Fran Davis: Playing When You Are Behind in a Game/Match” »

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Fran Davis Racquetball Camp with Carson and Mannino

July 30 - August 4, 2017 there will be a HIGH level Championship Training Camp at the Renaissance ClubSport in Aliso Viejo, Calif. with three of the most dynamic coaches/players in the game today. This camp is open to Elite and Open players only! Legendary Coach Fran Davis, Jason Mannino, former #1 men's professional International Racquetball Tour (IRT) Pro & US Open Champ, and Rocky Carson, Present #2 IRT Pro & US Open Champ, World and Pan American Champ, team up to provide the following: -16 hours of high level instruction/drilling/playing & critiquing by the pros -Physical & Mental Aspects of the game

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Game Evaluation: Championship Racquetball…Tips from the Coach!

[caption id="attachment_7045" align="alignright" width="300"] Rocky Carson holds center court against Jose Rojas during the 2017 Shamrock IRT Shootout. Photo by Juan Martinez.[/caption] Detectives investigate a situation and gather information before they can make a determination of what happened or what they need to do to solve the mystery. A “racquetball detective” is no different. You, the racquetball detective, must analyze your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses as well as your own strengths and weaknesses to determine the game plan you need to beat your opponent. Here’s a simple formula: Continue reading “Game Evaluation: Championship Racquetball…Tips from the Coach!” »

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Go Offensive or Defensive? Play Smart

Offensive versus defensive shotmaking is a great topic as many players are confused which shot to hit. Knowing when to take an offensive shot versus a defensive shot is a VERY important part of shot selection and can win or lose the match. Too often I see players do the complete opposite of what they should do. Continue reading “Go Offensive or Defensive? Play Smart” »

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Striving for Better

[caption id="attachment_6580" align="alignright" width="225"] Rocky Carson (finalist) and Paola Longoria (Champion) pose with Coach Fran Davis after the 2016 UnitedHealthcare US Open Championships. Courtesy of Fran Davis[/caption] As I take time to reflect back and look at my Championship Team, lead by Rocky Carson and Paola Longoria and followed by my Juniors, Wayne Antone, Jordan Cooperrider and Mitchell Turner, there is a definite theme going on explaining why they are so successful, holding numerous championship titles. Continue reading “Striving for Better” »

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Won and Lost Record….Does it Matter?

[caption id="attachment_1646" align="alignright" width="150"] Coach Fran Davis[/caption] Does your record matter? Real winners know that when they lose they need to work on specific skills, strategies, techniques, drill more, read more mental toughness books, and sharpen the area that cost them the match. They are not losers in life because they lost a match; they are winners in life because they are willing to go back to the trenches and work even harder on their game. Every obstacle in your life is offering you a lesson to be learned. The courageous athletes say, “Bring it on!” Continue reading “Won and Lost

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Why You Need a Pregame Psych Plan

[caption id="attachment_1322" align="alignright" width="199"] Coach Fran Davis[/caption] A pregame psych plan prepares an athlete’s body, mind, and emotions to be 100 percent in the present moment. The more an athlete is willing to prepare properly, the more that athlete will walk onto the court with total self-confidence, consistency, focus, and concentration. For elite athletes, the pregame psych plan begins 48 hours before their competition. If they prepare before each match by eating properly, warming up their bodies properly, sleeping enough, visualizing their game plan, having routines, saying their affirmations, and staying calm and relaxed, the easier it will be to

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Affirmations

[caption id="attachment_1646" align="alignright" width="150"] Coach Fran Davis[/caption] An affirmation is a personal and present statement of what you would like to happen in your game. It is as if you are bringing the future into the present moment. Your mind does not know the difference between a self-created statement and reality, so it sends triggers to your body as if it is a reality now. The beauty of the mind is that you really can control so many aspects of the way it works and how it affects your everyday life. Continue reading “Affirmations” »

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The Art of Doubles Service Game Strategy

With the National Doubles Championships just around the corner, I thought it would be apropos to cover some doubles “Service Game Strategy." Before you decide on what serve to hit, you want to know your opponents’ strengths and weaknesses, as well as your own, and take advantage of serving to your opponents’ weaknesses. Continue reading “The Art of Doubles Service Game Strategy” »

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Building Relationships Builds Champions

[caption id="attachment_5350" align="alignright" width="300"] Coach Fran Davis on her way with Jordan, Wayne, Mitchell and Jack to visit OSU and their dynamite Racquetball Program[/caption] I just finished a wonderful training camp with my Junior Championship Team in Salem and Mt. Hood, OR during the Christmas to New Years break, as there was NO school. Jordan Cooperrider flew from Tampa, FL to Seattle, WA on Christmas Night to begin a week long training camp with me. We wanted to make her feel at home so we started the night with “stocking stuffers” and a movie….oh what fun. Continue reading “Building Relationships Builds

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