Fear in table tennis

Table Tennis Mental Preparation

Last updated 4 years ago

baabu baabuu

baabu baabuu Asked 4 years ago

I'm extremely fearful during my table tennis tournaments. I actually play like an average player while practicing or playing for fun, but during tournaments I lose the match like as if I am a noob in table tennis. I get defeated by like 5+ points. How to overcome this fear?

Thank you


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 4 years ago

Hi Baabu,

The main thing is to think about your purpose for playing the matches.  If you are totally focused on winning the game and the result then it is easy to become fearful.  If you go out there and think about playing well then you can focus on your own performance which is what you tend to do during practice.

During a match you will start to think about the score as well.  Try to develop some pre point routines to occupy the mind.

Then take a look at our tutorial on how to Recognise Your Feelings in our Sports Psychology section of the site.

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baabu baabuu

baabu baabuu Posted 4 years ago

That was really kind of you!

And one more question to ask,

I have been playing with a GKI Offensive xx bat which is used for like 6 years

I have decided in buying a new one..

I found one here-https://www.amazon.com/Butterfly-8833-Wakaba-Tennis-Racket/dp/B00DCTAXSK/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1510762094&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=butterfly+wakaba+8832&psc=1

(Butterfly Wakaba 8833)

Is it a good choice for beginners?

(Earlier mentioned, the 6 year old bat was used by my brother, not me.. I am completely new to table tennis)

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

That bat is OK but it won't last very long with your development.  It may be better to wait and save up to get something at the next level.

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