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I find myself losing matches that I should be winning due to getting nervous as the score gets close. Too many times I start well, get ahead to maybe 5-1 or 7-3, but something happens and the momentum starts to change. I make a few bad shots, and next thing I know the score evens up, we get to 10-10 or worse I'm down 9-10. At that point in the game I start doubting myself and can't get out of my mind that I'm going to lose this game, and guess what? I usually do. Very frustrating. Do you ever feel that way? And do you have any advice on how to handle those situations and toughen up mentally?
This is a really common feeling and yes I have felt it many times.
I think one of the keys is to focus your mind on the tactics that you need to employ for the next point. This will drag your mind away from the negative thoughts that tend to come flooding through. They are often self fulfilling as well.
There is a lot of information on this area in the "Mental Preparation" answers.
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