First off, check out this interesting article on Rafa Nadal’s “secret” training.  What I ask here goes beyond Nadal’s physical training regimen.  The same goes for Roger Federer, who’s training is also top-secret, but definitely involves a great deal of flexibility training.  Do these men really separate themselves from the pack because of physical prowess?  On some level, yes, but in a more profound sense, no.  What really separates them is their ability to perform at their best in high pressure, anxiety-riddled, million-dollar situations when others crumble.

These two spectacular athletes rise above (winning 24 of the last 26 grand slam titles) because they are mentally dialed in when the pressure mounts.  They are a study in peak performance in situations where peak performance falls squarely and solely on the performer’s shoulders (there is no coaching in tennis during a match on the men’s side).

Neurofeedback would help their opponent’s compete more effectively, so that we could really test what’s more vital, the physicals or the mentals.  In the case of tennis players in the top twenty, it has always been said that what separates #1 from #10 is all mental.  These men are all great athletes with remarkable physical talent, but mentally you see the difference every time a big point comes and one double faults while another hits an ace.  Federer and Nadal hit the aces, Andy Murray double faults.

Calming down while maintaining the performance edge would change the lives and results of many athletes and performers on both the professional and amateur stage.  Neurofeedback training would greatly enhance their lives.  What is that worth?  For pros, but compensation would be monetary, for the rest of us, the emotional compensation is worth more than gold.