Table Tennis has played a huge part in my life and in many ways I owe my success to the sport
Growing up, I was unaware of how mentally tough I was! I wanted to win and that desire drove me through many hurdles.
My personal desire to win as a player faded due to many reasons (that's another story) but I want to share 3 key elements which I believe can help you win more matches.
1. Talking to yourself:
We all have that voice that pops up saying "you're going to lose this match" "don't bottle it" that's the voice that likes to say negative things and find excuses and reasons for us to lose.
As soon as you hear that voice, over ride it and speak to yourself, internally or externally, repeating positive words and phrases such as; "this is my point" I'm capable of winning this match" etc.
2. Facing the challenge head on:
I often hear and see players given excuses prior and after a match. "I haven't trained this week" "my rubbers are dead" "I've been unwell". The fact of the matter is you have a match regardless, so why not face it head on? If you lose you lost with your specific circumstances and on that occasion it wasn't meant to be! You give yourself a greater chance accepting your so called issues and going into the match with what you have. if you manage to win you did it despite your issues..
It's like being thrown into three different cages with a lion.
Cage 1: You have a gun
Cage 2: You have a knife
Cage 3: Only you stand before the lion
In all three circumstances you have no choice but to fight for survival. If you choose not to fight regardless of cage number, you will lose your life! If you choose to fight in all three cages your chances of survival are increased.
I'll never forget watching one of the all time greats Wang Liqin and he had a special formula which he used to control the tempo of a match.
If he won a point on his serve he would bounce the ball twice on his bat and then serve. If he lost a point he would bounce the ball 4 times!
On the return of serve, he would wipe his hand once on the side of the table and twice if he lost the point.
Now you have some inside secrets to perform regardless of the situation, go out there and perform your magic..
By Eli Baraty
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