Scared of attacking

Table Tennis Mental Preparation

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Nicolas Janssens

Nicolas Janssens Asked 5 years ago


I tend to play at my best level when I am playing very offensive. But in certain situations (close match and last set, or simply missing too many attacking shots in a row), I will stop completely and play defensive never taking initiative. I don't want to lose the match too fast and so I am relying on my opponent making more mistakes. But it does not feel good to play like this and I will often end up losing even against weaker opponents.

How should I adapt in these situations?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 years ago

Hi Nicolas,

This is a common issue when the game gets closer.

I think one thing that really helps is to place less importance on the result and more importance on the way you are playing.  How you are feeling and the quality of your strokes.

Also take a look through the Sports Psychology section of the site.  You will find some information in there that will help you to regulate your emotional level.

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Nicolas Janssens

Nicolas Janssens Posted 5 years ago

Thanks Alois,

You are right I focus too much on winning or losing instead of simply playing.

Looking at your video about activation level, it seems to me that most of time in matches I am below my peak activation level and I make too many mistakes because of that. I cannot maintain my focus and relax myself too quickly when I am starting to win. It is like if I feel that I should win then I don't feel challenged anymore. Any advice for that?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

Try to focus on each point.  Develop a pre  point routine and some routines in general so that you can play each point in a similar manner.

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