Losing motivation

Table Tennis Match Strategy

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AK 47

AK 47 Asked 9 months ago

Hi, coach!

I feel that I have no progress. I notice my mistakes always just  after losing a point. Then I try to not to do the same mistake, but I do it again and notice it again after losing a point.  My main mistake is I don't get ready to the strokes, bad footwork. I think this is the main reason why I want to give up TT. I have no training partner, so I have no training sessions. I can only play in the club mini tournaments.

Maybe it is because in the last 3 weeks I feel tired, so I don't want to play TT, because I know I will lose badly. That's why I play only once a week, sometimes once in two weeks.

Shortly, TT is getting not interesting.. . What do you suggest? Sorry for such strange question. 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 months ago

Hi Ardak,

This is normal.  It sounds like you are frustrated with your play.

I think the first thing to remember is that improvement is not linear.  That is you don't improve at the same rate all the time.  In fact there are times that you may even get worse. This is actually normal.  Overall, you will still make improvements over a longe period.

I think the thing to tackle is why you are feeling that you are making the same mistakes.  I think during your games forget about the results and think only about these types of mistakes that you are making.  then see why you are making the mistake.  Is it the actual ball that you make the mistake on or is it the previous balls that lead you to being under pressure that leads to the mistake.

Take time between points to really think about what has happened and what you can do better next time.  Not having a time to train is not ideal but if you rethink the purpose of those mini tournaments that may help.

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AK 47

AK 47 Posted 9 months ago

Thank you, coach!

As always, your advices are like diamonds! Thank you again! 

AK 47

AK 47 Posted 7 months ago

Hi, coach!

Your advices help also to my club-mates . A club-mate started to train with individual pro trainer.  Even though he is training 3 months he still doesn't see improvements, because he still takes the last place in our mini tournaments. He said to me that he wants to give up. He said that in training sessions everything is good, but he can't use in the game what he learns with trainer. When I said your words he was very happy.


Another friend also wanted to give up. He said that he started to lose to everyone. When I said your words he was very happy too.


Now, in the mini tournaments I am playing and enjoying. I take the last places in the mini tournaments, but I am happy.  Among 12 players I was usually in the middle, sometimes took 3rd place. In mini tournaments I started to practice BH topspins, risking very often, because the result is not important for me anymore! 


Thank you again!

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