Facing Strangers

Table Tennis Mental Preparation

Last updated 8 years ago

Mahmoud Abdallah

Mahmoud Abdallah Asked 8 years ago

Sir , when i try to play with a stranger person .  a tension kills me  .    and i lose my concentration so i find myself  playing as beginner, so i lose .. although the weakness of the opponent   .. 

and i'm going to a competition very soon .. 

what to do with that ..  ? 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Mahmoud,

Think more about your own game rather than who you are playing.

Focus on your own abilities rather than the contest.


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Atanas Atanasov

Atanas Atanasov Posted 8 years ago

Hey, I have the same problem! I have had so weak opponents that I didn' t know what to do. He played a forehand block from the backhand side of the table with his antispin rubber, for example, and smashed almost every ball wich is a little bit higher than the height of the net. I started to risk a lot, because I didn' t know what to do ... and eventually I lost!


Rob Janssen

Rob Janssen Posted 8 years ago

Hi Mahmoud

I think your are a little bit inconfident and worried of what others think of you.Just focus on the match only. everybody can missread the spin on a serve or miss a topspin or another stupid mistake. It doesnt matter as long as you learn from your faults.

And dont feel like a clown when you make a little mistake. Just try your very best to win.

I remember when I was leading a match 2-1 in sets and I injured my shoulder durong the match and It was hurting alot but I did not want to give up so I tried to finish the match with my weak hand. Ofcoure I felt like an Idiot even trying but I did not want to give up the match. 

Still lost that match hahaha...



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