Avoiding Bad Days | Table Tennis | PingSkills

Hi, I’m Jeff Plumb from PingSkills and Nagaraj
has asked us a question about having a bad day. He’s recently got a new bat, he’s been training
OK but every now and again he has a bad day and he loses to someone he’s never lost to
before and unfortunately this happened on a tournament day. So Nagaraj wants to know
what steps he can take to avoid having such bad days. So on the morning of a tournament there’s
a few things you can do to make sure you’re in the right frame of mind and right physical
condition to start playing your best table tennis. Firstly get there early, get used
to the surroundings, especially if it’s a new place you haven’t played at before. Make
sure you do a good physical warm up, start moving around, get the body into gear, start
sweating just a little bit and then try and get out on the table and do some warm ups.
Just some controlled hitting to start with but then it’s also really important to play
some points with some serves, some returns, and some of those third balls which are so
crucial in a game. So make sure you do that well before you start. And if you can even try and play some practice
matches before the tournament starts. Those are all really good tips to get you
ready to play your best table tennis but I’ve found that the best solution is actually to
improve your level through more training. So keep working on your game, day by day,
keep trying to improve, and remember that improvement is not linear. You’re not suddenly
going to shoot up or get better at a constant rate. You’re going to tend to have some down
days, but then you’re going to shoot up so just keep with it, keep training, and over
time your level will get better and then as you are better, you’re going to lose less
to these players. The other tip that can really help you out
is to focus on playing good table tennis and not the results. So we’ve got a whole course
on sports psychology. I encourage you to go to the website and take a look
at that course. There’s a lot of good tips on recognising your feelings and how to control
them so take a look at our sports psychology course.

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