Last updated on 26-Feb-2010 07:42:38 AM
Could you give me any tips to stop me from tightening up near the end of the game. I have had a difficult first season back in the game, not winning hardly any games, but i have improved a lot throughout the year, now i am getting some good scores against decent players, last nights match, I got 9 or above in 7 out of ten matches! However, when I am up, say 10-7, or 9-7, which is quite often I am seeing the finishing line and tensing up. I either play half shots, or go for the hit to quickly and miss it. It nearly always end up with them coming back and winning. I know I have to stay calm, but any tips on how would be very helpful.
Don't despair. Everyone feels this way at some stage. In fact almost everyone feels a degree of this every time they find themselves in an important situation. Firstly accept the fact that this is what everyone feels. Then try to focus on playing well in the next point. Think about your basic tactic that you are trying to employ and work on it. For example if you know that your opponent is weaker on the backhand side, then just before the point think about trying to get the ball into their backhand during the rally. Then serve the ball or get ready to receive and see what comes of it.
This is a big area of the game and a big topis to tackle which we will get to at some stage in a fuller manner.
Take a look at these previous questions on Mental Training. They will also help you.