Mental Strategies in Table Tennis – Part III

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Dealing With a Trouble-Maker

Some opponents in table tennis like to cause controversy to break your concentration.  This “trouble-maker” might cheat on the score, break the ball, complain about your serve, delay the game, or try to distract you in many other ways.  So what should you do in a situation like this?

1. Stay Calm

If you get worked up over this cheater, he will have accomplished his goal.  If you stay calm, you can keep your focus on the game.

2. Get an Umpire

An umpire will deal with him so that you don’t waste your energy arguing. 

3. Remember Your Strategy

Instead of focusing on this trouble-maker, focus on your strategy.  Focus on implementing your game plan and ball placement.

4. Character First

Regardless of how your opponent is acting, maintain composure and focus on showing good character.  Two wrongs don’t make a right.

Samson Dubina

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