Handling pressure in knockout matches

Table Tennis Mental Preparation

Last updated 4 years ago

Harkaran Sohal

Harkaran Sohal Asked 4 years ago

Hi Alois and Jeff.

I am not very good at handling pressure in a knockout situation in a tournament with the fear that I will end up losing the tournament.

And that’s what always happens with me.

The fear increases with every tournament.

Pls help me handle the situation.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 4 years ago

Hi Harkaran,

This is common so this that you opponent is probably also feeling similar emotions.

First think about how you can play better rather than focusing on the result of the match.  Allow yourself to play strokes with good technique.  The results will come.

Take a look at our section on Sports Psychology in particular the first tutorial on how to Recognise Your Feelings.

 


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