What's the ideal solution on a bad day?

Table Tennis Mental Preparation

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Nagaraj Hegde

Nagaraj Hegde Asked 6 years ago

Hi Alois.

I've been playing Table tennis for around a year now, and i've switched to a custom made bat 2 months ago. I'm doing fine, normally, but some days, I just seem to be out of control. ie. i cant get my top spins where i want them to, i cant get blocks on the table and they seem to hover across the table. Some of my days are so bad that i end up losing against someone whom i'd never lose to, normally. This day happened to be a tournament day, sadly, and i lost badly. i wanted to know if i can get a good practice to start the day with to avoid this "bad day".


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Nagaraj,

I don't think there is a perfect way to ensure you escape the "bad day" but there are a few things that you can do to try to minimise them.

Firstly, prepare well before the day.  Make sure that you are thinking about the matches or game that you will be playing.  Then on the day give yourself plenty of time to prepare.  Get there as early as you can and do s good warm up  both physically and on the table.

Then during your training or matches focus on playing better rather than on results.

Also look at this previous Blog on What to Expect at a Tournament.


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martinand bernard

martinand bernard Posted 6 years ago

on a bad day I stop quickly, just warm up


Jason Partelle

Jason Partelle Posted 6 years ago

I seem to play better if l dont think about playing, just dont worry about who you might be playing. Concerntrate on your own play and play the best you can.  But playing twice a week keeps your consistencey up and if you fo lose its not as much as if you werent consistant.


Nagaraj Hegde

Nagaraj Hegde Posted 6 years ago

Thanks for the advice Alois. And jeff, thanks for making a new video. It will surely help me sometime in future. i'll keep those things in mind. 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Thanks for the question Nagaraj...


eduardo espinosa

eduardo espinosa Posted 6 years ago

I have noticed, among all the negative factors that can make you play "bad" any day, one of the worst is a bad sleep the night before. Or just mentally tired.


kathy mckelvey

kathy mckelvey Posted 5 years ago

Thank you all for your comments,  I keep motivated watching pingskills videos!!


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

Thanks Kathy.  Always good to hear your positive comments and ideas.


Ilia Minkin

Ilia Minkin Posted 5 years ago

Such a great response and attitude. I like to rewatch this after a bad day.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

Thanks Ilia.



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