Techniques for focusing and concentration

Table Tennis Mental Preparation

Last updated 11 years ago

Ganesh Desai

Ganesh Desai Asked 11 years ago

Hi, I have played many tournament matches and I have observed myself playing strangely sometimes, foolishly, very confidentially I have seen myself in all these kinds of play. But at such times I have had lack of concentration, focus and stroke mistakes and sometimes tension too(nervousness). How do you counter all this? How to focus on the ball constantly and concentrate? Is there anyway to calm ourselves down? Thank you!

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 11 years ago

Hi Ganesh,

This is a million dollar question.

The best way I can recommend is to make sure that during your training you are totally focussed and put yourself under a little pressure during training.  YOu can do this in a few ways like counting the number of strokes you make.  Make a game out of your drills and other ways that will help you to concentrate during your session.  Then when you get to a game situation you will find that you have already been in the situation many times before and will feel more comfortable.

This will also help with your concentration.

In a match situation, if you do feel nervous, one simple way to help yourself is to take a deep breath and focus on what you need to do for the next point. 

You can also look through our list of previous questions under the topic of Mental Preparation.  There are some really good tips to be read there as well. 

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adithya ajoy

adithya ajoy Posted 11 years ago

Hi Ganesh you need to take a few deep breathes and you need to shuffle your body and think clearly of the earlier points your opponent has got once you get it you can take the advantage of your opponent easily and think positive.

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