Having table tennis after school

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Jasper Low

Jasper Low Asked 1 year ago

I was wondering does long hours of school sort of affect how you play table tennis?

On Tuesday, school timing is around 8am to 3pm and then I have table tennis sessions in school from 3pm to 6:30pm. I noticed I normally miss a lot, I tend to rush my shots, I lose more points, I get frustrated very easily and I tried a lot of things to fix it but nothing works... 

On Friday, school timing is around 8 to 12:30am. And my training starts from 1pm to 3pm and I noticed that I would always do better on Fridays compared to Tuesdays. Most of my shots go in, I win much more points than usual, I am very calm, I get the timing of my shots right.

On Sundays, I don't have school so I start training at 10:30 to 1:30. And this is where my shots are most consistent. Very clear mind, very relaxed and my highest quality table tennis 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 year ago

Hi Jasper,

I think school or work or any other stresses can play a big part in performance.

After a long day at school try to take a little time to settle yourself, even a bit of deep breathing or relaxation. You probably don't have much time but even a few minutes can help.  Perhaps  even think about your nutrition after school.  Make sure you fuel well.  That can also help you with your concentration and energy.

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Jasper Low

Jasper Low Posted 1 year ago

Ah thanks the deep breathing did help a lot! My coach told me I did much better than last week 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 year ago

Fantastic.  Well done.

Jasper Low

Jasper Low Posted 1 year ago

Oh boy it didnt work this time. My friend told me the same "curse" of playing badly on a particular day is happening to him except that it's Friday that he's playing badly and Tuesday which he does better 

Jasper Low

Jasper Low Posted 1 year ago

This problem is getting very frustrating now. Haiyahhh.... Now my forehand and backhand is getting worse.... My footwork too! 

Nigel C

Nigel C Posted 1 year ago

Jasper, do not think about when things go wrong. Do the deep breathing. Only think about how you play on Sundays. Clear your mind and think only of the shots you play well. I believe Waldner said he only watched videos of when he won. A positive mindset is clvery important.

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