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In our interclub competition, I play 4 matches if no one forfeits. I'm a rookie. Here's my record per stage:
13-3, 8-8, 8-8, 6-6
As you can see, I'm performing much better in the first match than in the next ones. This could be explained easily if I met weaker players in the early stage. However, the opposite is the case: I'm the 4th player in our team and meet the one of the opponents' best 2 players first. So even if the opposition weakens along the evening, my results are significantly better in the first match.
Apparently I cannot sustain the same (mental) level in my subsequent matches. I've also considered it was due to not enough drinking or eating but fixed that and the trend remains. I've tried all kinds of mental aids, to calm down or not to become too relaxed against poor opposition. Is this a common theme for new players ?
On another note, during club training nights I consistently beat players up until 1000 pts (say 90%) but in competition I can lose against rating 600 (say 50%).
What to do?
Feel free to snip from this extended question.
Thanks a lot
It sounds like an activation level issue.
It may be that you are overthinking things the further the night goes on.
There isn’t one simple solution but you could try more relaxation during the evening. Even going out of the hall for a while or getting your mind off the games in between matches.
The other issue is playing players that don’t hit the ball as well or as fast or that are a lower level. Some players like hitting against a faster ball which the better players will provide for you whereas playing against a weaker player that hits the ball slower you need to generate the pace yourself. This can also mean that you have more time to think about the ball as it is coming towards you which can mean overthinking things rather than just reacting to the ball.
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