Coaching players for over 17 years and watching them at tournaments and events, it's clear 99% don't know what makes them perform!.
I believe if you asked 100 coaches if they teach their players/students how to knock up (and take away anxiety) in a tournament, many would say yes but only 1 YES would be correct and productive!
So I've decided to write this to help coaches and players.
We all know how important it is to train but we struggle to have the same confidence in tournaments as we do in the practice hall.
Three key elements:
1. Prepare as you do in practice,
players become instantly aware of their enforced errors in their knock up at a tournament.
Don't become aware of your unforced errors or mistakes in a tournament day, unless you're aware of them in practice! We take practice for granted and usually we are unaware consciously of unforced errors. But in tournaments if you look at 95% of players you'll notice they become hyper aware of each and every error. Its as if we all of a sudden make ten times more mistakes compared to practice.
This couldn't be further from the truth, in fact you probably are making less errors due to awareness, so I suggest having a simple numbers routine in practice e.g. fifty drives and 10 topspin's both sides, count how many open ups you get out of ten both wings. Once you have your practice routine ratios, you can implement this on the big stage and be clear as to whether you are actually not playing well or visa versa.
Having a clear numbers routine gives you a clear view of where your playing level is on any given occasion
2. Warm up properly
90% of players have a good warm up routine in practice but as soon as they enter the hall, they grab a bat and ball and jump on a table. Why change a routine on the most important occasions? stick to your routines regardless..
3. Your trade mark exercise
Do a regular footwork exercise which you're good at, makes you feel positive about yourself and your game. Once you find a routine which compliments your game use it to boost your confidence, in tournaments.
Why do something completely different to the way you normally do it? Makes no Sense right? So the answer is simple keep it the same and the outcome will generally be the same but if you change the input then the output will generally change..
I began playing when I saw Forrest Gump and from that day it became a life long journey..