Staying focused during the whole of a match

Table Tennis Mental Preparation

Last updated 6 years ago

Stephen Martin

Stephen Martin Asked 6 years ago

Quite often I am 2 games in front and then loose the next 3 or I am 2 games behind win the next 2 to level at 2 all and then loose the 5th. Can you help me Alois with some good advice ?

Steve. 

Guernsey. Channel Islands. 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Stephen,

I think the key is to take each point as it comes.  Often we get ahead of ourselves especially in situations where we are 2 games ahead and start to think about the finish line.  The next point is the important one.  If you start to focus on the end, then you aren't paying attention to what you need to be doing at the time.  You are also not focusing your attention on the ball.

Take a look at our series on Sports Psychology for some ideas and thoughts as well.

Let me know if this helps.


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martinand bernard

martinand bernard Posted 6 years ago

yes two games ahead, mind a lot, say  to you you are not ahead;


Fouad Hafnium

Fouad Hafnium Posted 6 years ago

Like Alois said, the key is to give all your attention to the next point. I find it particularly useful to try to see each point as a game of chess on its own. Watch Werner Schlager vs Ma Lin to know what I mean.


Dieter Verhofstadt

Dieter Verhofstadt Posted 6 years ago

When your opponent is of equal strength, then after a 2-0 lead, their chance of winning the match is 1/8 and yours is 7/8. So your chances are 7 times as high as theirs to win the match. Not less but also not more.



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