Mental Strategies in Table Tennis – Part II

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Proper Execution

If I asked you to walk on a three foot wide plank of wood lying on the floor, could you do it? 

What if I asked you to walk on a three foot wide plank of wood that was extended across Niagara Falls, could you do it?

You probably have confidence to do the first, but would not have confidence to do the second.  What is different about the two tasks?  The consequences!

The same is true in table tennis. As soon as you begin thinking about the consequences, executing the shots becomes more difficult.  Instead of focusing on losing ratings points or winning prize money, you should focus on executing your shots.  You have trained your shots to perfection.  Tournaments should not be very different from your practice.  Just perform in the way that you have practiced without added pressure.

Samson Dubina

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