How many of you who have heard that sports and competition is somewhere between 50-90% mental? Well I for one certainly have; throughout my life I’ve done gymnastics, played ice hockey, baseball, and table tennis (of course!), and studied Taekwondo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and every coach I had has told me that your mindset is equally or if not more important than your technique or fitness level.
So this begs the question, How do you achieve a competent mindset? Is it just thinking positively about yourself?
To the latter question I say that thinking positively about yourself and your skills is part of what you need to have the proper mindset; an important part, but just a part nonetheless.
Now let me make myself clear; thinking positively about yourself and your skills is not the same as being cocky. Being cocky is when you diminish your opponent in hopes of making yourself feel better. But being confident and thinking positively, means that your realize that your opponent has just as good a chance of beating you as you have of beating him, but you believe that you will be able to defeat him nonetheless.
So in order to have the right mindset you have to respect your opponent. That is definitely valuable table tennis instruction.
Also, you want to quit worrying about losing; don’t think that any game or match or any competition is the end of the world, if you don’t come out on top. A loss will only feel as bad as you want it to feel. A person with an improper mindset can make a loss at a pickup basketball game ruin his entire week, while somebody else with a proper mindset can lose a state-championship, and not let it bother him very much because he knows that he worked as hard as he could. As long as you work as hard as you can, you will never have anything to truly regret. So I think that of all these table tennis tips and table tennis coaching, I think that this is the most important tip I’ve shared with you.
I hope you enjoyed these tips, and I hope to hear your comments soon. Until then, keep practicing and think positively.