Scott Ford is a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), and the European Registry of Tennis Professionals (RPT). Scott has traveled the world helping others discover the zone and hosts numerous peak performance workshops in Denver, Colorado.
My experience with playing tennis in the zone started in 1978. While playing with a friend of mine, I did something very childlike that immediately put me in the zone. At first I didn’t believe it, but as I continued to play this child-like game, I also continued to go deeper and deeper into the zone. Not only did I notice a difference in the level of my performance, but my friend wondered what I was doing that caused such a dramatic improvement in my game. How could something so simple cause me to go into the zone?
Over the years, I have come to realize that sometimes we overcomplicate the problem and miss the solution even when it is right in front of our eyes, and what I did on that day in 1978 has evolved over the years into a revolutionary approach to playing in the zone. In 1984, Scott wrote Design B: How to Play Tennis in the Zone, a tennis pro’s investigation into the visual/cognitive/motor dynamics of playing tennis in the zone.
Then, in 1999, Scott met Dr. Bill Hines, Team Ophthalmologist for the Colorado Avalanche, who helped him solidify his peak performance model and put it into a scientific framework. Dr. Hines then introduced him to Darlene Kluka, Ph.D., from Grambling State University, who helped to further develop the Parallel Mode Process into an academic framework.
The Parallel Mode Process was first presented in September, 2000 at the Pre-Olympic World Congress of Sports Science and Health in Brisbane, Australia and today is being studied and utilized on five different continents.
In 2003, Ford released his groundbreaking video
Welcome to the Zone and his many articles on playing in the zone have appeared in TennisOne.com, Colorado Tennis, and Addvantage Magazine In 2007, he released the video’s companion E-Book which takes an in-depth look at the experience of the zone, then takes the reader through the actual progressions used in his lessons and workshops on playing in the zone.