How To Stay Calm

Table Tennis Mental Preparation

Last updated 6 years ago

Brady Spinster

Brady Spinster Asked 6 years ago

Hey Alois, 

When I am playing Table Tennis I am often winning to begin with. But then I find myself giving away continuous points when the score was 11-3 now the game is 15-11 and I'm loosing. I get frustrated and serve the ball illigally and start trying to smash everything but I just chuck it into the net. I take a deep breath before I do my serve if I'm in that situation but most people I play against don't give me a chance. They get the ball and serve it right away coming full speed ahead while I'm wiping off my hand. Any tips on how to stay calm and go on and win the game? Thank you, you and Jeff are outstanding coaches! Keep on doing what you're doing! Because you made me the table tennis player I am today and I greatly appreciate it.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Brady,

Firstly thanks for the kind words.  It is nice to hear we are helping.

When your opponent is serving allow yourself a little more time by just putting your hand up as you are getting ready.  This is an indication to your opponent that you are not quite ready to receive.  It is important mot to take too long but when you need a few extra seconds to get yourself composed this is probably the best way.

To stay calm, the breathing is  good idea.  Keep practicing this and it will become more efficient.  Take a look at our section on Sports Psychology for some useful tips that will also help you to stay calm in those critical times of the game.

Also, as a side note, it is interesting to note that you are playing up to 21 points.

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Brady Spinster

Brady Spinster Posted 6 years ago

Thanks! I play to 21 with my little brothers and such because they can't handle games to 11 because they complain so I let it be. As far as playing tournament Table Tennis I play to multiple games to 11. 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

That is good to hear.  Glad you are being nice to your little brothers innocent

Ilia Minkin

Ilia Minkin Posted 6 years ago

If things go out of control, consider taking a timeout. Yes, not only pros should use them!

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