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I'e been thinking about how long the other players at my club have been playing table tennis compared to myself, and have come across something I hadn't considered previously. Now that I'm starting to refine my strokes instead of learning new ones, it has been easier to compare my current self to the other club players. Something I've been starting to pick up on is that during practice matches, some players seem fully committed to winning the match, while at the same time they wish to improve beyond their current ability.
After my first USATT tournament, I realized that I didn't want to play an all-around type of play anymore, as I would rather be the one going for the winning/missing shots rather than letting the other player control pace of play.
After those 8 matches of mental punching, I have been able to let go of my desire to win practice matches. Now, I am devoted to being an attacker and going for the shots that I should be, as it drastically increases the amount of attempts I am able to practice every match.
To my main point and question, do you think that having a greater desire to win practice matches over the desire to improve inhibits people from getting better?
It certainly can. There can be quite different purposes to playing the same game. I think you need to do both at different times.
One desire is to improve technique and your overall ability. The other is to win the game. I think if you only do one of these things then you are missing part of your development. Sometimes it is important to learn how to win points as well as developing technique.
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