Consistency of performance

Table Tennis Mental Preparation

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roman stingler

roman stingler Asked 7 years ago

Hi, here in Austria we have team competitions 3x 1vs1 + 1double (10 games in summary) once per week. When I start against the strongest opponent +200-400pt. I often win the match without any troubles. I have seen your video #69 about improving anticipation and if I analyze my game I find it easy to focus the ball the entire match. But in the next games when I play against lower rated players +50-200pt. I often lead 2-0 (best of five) but then I can't focus anymore, I lose the focus on the ball, make service errors, receive errors, I'm often half step to late and therefore I extend my arm and the movement is bad and this is the reason why I miss often the table. Sometimes timeouts help me to get 2 or 3 points but then I start missing balls again. Any ideas for my mental misery? thanks in advance PS: played for 2 years then I quit playing for 4years due to my study and now I play since 5 months (increased my rating from 550 to 700).


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Roman,

This can be a bit of fatigue, probably mental fatigue but it may also be physical.

Try to take some breaks between matches. Take yourself outside the stadium for a few minutes to recharge.  Also during the match, take a few seconds when you start to feel yourself wandering in concentration to get yourself back.  A simple pre point routine can really help with this.

In training, work on keeping focused for longer periods of your session.  It is something that can improve with practice and time.


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roman stingler

roman stingler Posted 7 years ago

Thanks for your fast reply, I will work on your mentioned points. Furthermore, I will try to loose some weight. I'm sure this will help, I will respond in a few weeks how things worked out

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

Great, keep us informed.


roman stingler

roman stingler Posted 6 years ago

Hi guys,

I have to say that my life turned into a very pleasant direction.

First of all I have successfully finished my masters degree program in communication engineering.

Secondly, I have lost over 52lbs from april 7th till now.

Thirdly, my gameplay was more relaxed after your suggestions and so I won more games and we (as a team) managed to advance to the next higher division.

What helped me a lot was to listen to music during my breaks and take a walk.

Alois thank you so much


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Hi Roman,

It is hard to put in words how happy that makes me feel.  Well done, you are an inspiration.


Johan B

Johan B Posted 6 years ago

Congratulations! Inspirational indeed laughing



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