Sometimes we have… one of those days – when the feel of the ball is lost, when the wrist “breaks” at contact and we lose control of the racquet, when the feet are not listening and the reactions are slower than usual… Yes, that’s the day I’m talking about!
What should you do when things don’t feel right during a match?
It will be challenging, but do not give up! I was there before and I know the frustration…
Here are a few tips to consider when you go through that feeling:
- Remain calm and do not show your frustration – your opponent should not be aware of what is happening with you.
- Try changing your game plan – put more spin on your strokes, hit with a higher margin for error, move up to the net, etc.
- Fill your mind with positive thoughts.
- Acknowledge the rough time you’re going through but tell yourself that it will not last long; and make yourself believe it!
- Prepare for a long match – when only winning matters and not the quality of your play (within the limits of fair play though).
- Pay attention to your opponent’s mistakes and use the information to your advantage.
Above all, it’s not the end of the world if you lose a match, so… relax and do your best!