Not focusing on points in recreational match

Table Tennis Mental Preparation

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Kenneth Tham

Kenneth Tham Asked 1 month ago

Dear PingSkills,

A member in my club advised me in order to bring my skills trained in rallies and practice to a match, I should just focus on executing those practice shots in a recreational match and not think about the points. Usually when I consider points, I would think about the shot percentage and execute the shot I think would have the highest success rate. Should I just focus on executing certain strokes without considering shot percentage in order to practice?



Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 month ago

Hi Kenneth,

There are various stages of development of skills. The initial period you can practice the skills in a controlled situation where there is no pressure on you at all. 

Once this is comfortable you can start to add some scoring or pressure into the drills.

Then you can start to play some points but still focus on thinking about your strokes and new skill.  However, there will come a time when you don't have the ability to think about only one skill and need to think of the game as a whole and managing yourself in this situation.

It sounds like you are at the stage of thinking about the stokes in a game setting which is great.  Work on this area till you are comfortable and then progress again.

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Kenneth Tham

Kenneth Tham Posted 1 month ago

Thanks Alois, your suggestions are helpful. I will work with these perspectives.

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