Table Tennis Mental Preparation

Last updated 7 years ago

Tam Eastwood

Tam Eastwood Asked 7 years ago

Hi Alois and Jeff one day I could be in the flow and be playing my best table tennis but another day I could be missing all my shots and be really inconsistent could you explain how I could play at the top of my game all the time?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Tam,

Firstly accept there will be ups and downs in form.  There are too many variables to figure out… down to how much sleep you had.

A lot can be to do with your emotional level.  Take a look at the lesson we have in our Sports Psychology section on how to Recognise Your Feelings.

The most important thing is to just work hard each day at training or in matches and see what results you can get.

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Dieter Verhofstadt

Dieter Verhofstadt Posted 7 years ago

Statistically you will not be at the top of your game all the time but rather halfway between your top and your bottom most of the time and occasionally at the top or at the bottom. There are two ways to improve your statistic:

1) Improve the average - work on new techniques, improve acquired techniques

2) Narrow the variance - do regular drills to get consistency in acquired techniques, don't go all out and maintain a margin of safety

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