League Game Nerves

Table Tennis Mental Preparation

Last updated 8 years ago

Eileen Lucas

Eileen Lucas Asked 8 years ago

Hi Alois

I have started playing in our League games which continue until March 2016. When I am practicing at our club events I play good shots but when I start playing in the League I seem to go to pieces. I find myself hitting really bad shots, and as soon as i have hit the ball, I cringe because I know that is not what I would have normally done. All the people I play are really friendly but competitive and I find myself tightening up as soon as the ball comes towards me. Also I am not really good at reading the spins yet. Will I ever overcome this. I love playing and would be very disappointed in my self if I have to give up playing in the League. Please can you help?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Eileen,

Firstly, yes you will improve your ability to play matches.

Think about your feelings when you play in a match compared to practicing.  Then take a look at this lesson we have in our Sports Psychology on Recognise Your Feelings.  This will be a good first step for you.

Notify me of updates
Add to Favourites
Back to Questions

Thoughts on this question

ankan ganguly

ankan ganguly Posted 8 years ago


I also get nerves duringtournament1 day I am playing cadet boys semi final I get really nervous I lose that match by3-2 decider game  10-6i am leading that's all....

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Hi Ankan,

That is OK.  Everyone gets nervous.  The more times you are put in that position the better you will get at closing out a match.  Also watch the video listed above.  I think this will help.

Become a free member to post a comment about this question.