Showing Excitement

Table Tennis Mental Preparation

Last updated 7 years ago

Tushar Verma

Tushar Verma Asked 7 years ago

Hi Coach,

Coach do you think that expressing our excitement after every point increases our chances of wining or getting more points?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Tushar,

I don't this in necessarily so.  I think some players waste energy with this emotional rollercoaster they put themselves on.

For most players, I think it is better to remain calm between and during points.

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Ji-Soo Woo

Ji-Soo Woo Posted 7 years ago

I don't think there's a one-size-fits-all answer.  A lot of it depends on your personality.  Some people are excitable and others more clinical.  I think you can be successful with either.  Looking at tennis, Sampras was criticised for looking almost bored when he played.  On the other hand, McEnroe was full of emotion.  Waldner always came across to me as very controlled and focussed.

Personally I generally like the calm approach (for the simple reason it is exhausting to be "up" all the time) but there are times when your back is against the wall and you are heading for sure defeat when a bit of fist pumping can turn things around.

Ilia Minkin

Ilia Minkin Posted 7 years ago

For me personally I play best when I am calm both inside and outside. However, when results don't matter and I play with my friends that have good sense of humour, I personally enjoy showing off emotions, joking & teasing. It helps to relieve day-to-day stress and brings a lot of fun. But in a tournament I try to keep stone face.

BTW, who do you think won in this battle of Tcho? :)

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago


They were both pretty good (bad)... I think Lin Gaoyuan for the passion in the Tcho...  More from the guts.

Tushar Verma

Tushar Verma Posted 7 years ago

We conclude it depend on person to person.

Tushar Verma

Tushar Verma Posted 7 years ago

And it also depends on the rally or that point which we won 

Tushar Verma

Tushar Verma Posted 7 years ago

Look at the excitement of Zhang Jike after winning tournament:

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