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Sports Psychology – Recognise Your Feelings | Table Tennis | PingSkills

You’ve got your final today and even just
walking into the hall feels a little bit different. You’ve a got a few different feelings about
you, driving to the hall, walking to the hall, things just didn’t really feel the same, did
they? It’s not like any other match you’ve played during the season. What’s going on? Try to think back to the last time this happened
to you. What sort of feelings can you remember? I’ll tell you some of the things that happens
to me. So firstly, I start to get a bit of a funny feeling in my stomach. I might even
get a bit tingly in my fingers. My mind starts racing at a thousand miles an hour, I’m starting
to think about all the things and the possibilities that could happen. What’s going to happen
if I win? What’s going to happen if I lose? The mind starts going way too fast. I can feel my heart start beating faster and
sometimes I can actually feel it pounding in my chest. It even affects my legs. My legs start feeling
a little bit wobbly and shaky. Not that I’m going to fall over but just that they’re not
functioning properly. I might even start to feel a little bit hotter
and certainly the palms get a bit sweaty. These are all just signs that something important
is happening to you. They’re not necessarily bad things because the adrenaline that’s starting
to rush through your body can actually help you to play better. It can become a problem though if you go over
the top with anxiety and you start to get too nervous and your body doesn’t function
properly. Your mind starts to race and your thinking becomes unclear. The key to all of this, is to start to think
back and recognise the signs of when you played well and the feelings that you had. What did
you feel like in that last match when you were absolutely brilliant? Or, how did you
feel in that match when you played absolutely terrible? From my own experience, these are the things
that helped me to recognise when I was playing well. I was seeing the ball really well, everything
felt really smooth, it felt like I had a lot of time to play my shots. I was feeling really
calm in myself and my movement was also really smooth and fast. I wasn’t focusing too much on what was going
to happen at the end of the match, whether I won or whether I lost. Everything felt like
I was in a bubble and I was there in the moment playing some great table tennis. When I was playing badly, I just didn’t have
enough time. The ball was on top of me before I knew it. My hand felt really solid, my wrist
was tight, my whole body felt really tight and I couldn’t play my strokes properly. My
mind was all over the place, I was thinking about what was going to happen in the future,
whether I was going to win, whether I was going to win this game, lose this game, what
happened in that last point when I lost it, I started to get angry, my heart started racing
too much. Everything became blurry and unclear. Even how fast you’re moving around the court
can be an indicator to yourself. For me I know that when I was walking around the court
slowly that I was in a better frame of mind and was more likely to play good table tennis.
When I was rushing around like a mad man, I knew that I was racing too fast. So your anxiety levels can be a little bit
different. Some people play better when their anxiety is up a little bit higher, some lower.
But the key thing across everyone is to be able to stay in the present. So not thinking
about what is going to happen, and not thinking about what did happen, but thinking about
what is happening right now. And the best indicator for you in table tennis is the table
tennis ball. So if you are tracking the ball perfectly, you are then right there in the
present. So your homework now is to think about two
matches. One that you played utterly brilliantly, and one that you played poorly. I want you
to write those two games down and underneath them I want you to write down the feelings
that you had for each one. So playing utterly brilliantly, and playing poorly, and write
down the feelings that you can remember having during those matches. In our ask the coach section I get a lot of
questions from players asking me about how they can play as well in matches as they do
in practice. The first step on this journey is to recognise
the feelings of when you’re playing well and when you’re playing badly. It’s important
that you go away and do the homework that we’ve set in this video. In upcoming videos you’ll use this knowledge
to help you to reach your potential.

David Frank



  1. DEK'Noi CHWannaBE Posted on August 10, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    First watch

  2. DEK'Noi CHWannaBE Posted on August 10, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    First watch

  3. manu de hanoi Posted on August 10, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    nice, never heard anyone talk about that

  4. donnerdaumen84 Posted on August 10, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    in my first little tournament i was really nervous and couldn`t played well. so great video. psychology in sport is underrated. 

  5. Gustav Mårdby Posted on August 10, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    well its about time you start talking about these things! this is one of the most important things in table tennis. 🙂

  6. KIR DBB Posted on August 10, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Miss watching your videos :)))

  7. Nutelko8 Posted on August 10, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    For me its 50:50, when im cool, i play good and when im pumped from the crowd, i think even better but can you tell me, how to recover from a breakdown? ( trowing the racquet, mad and stuff). I when im losing 2:0 and its a 3 set game, i think positive and it works, i had a lot of matches when im losing, bring it back 2:2 and i win 3:2. When you do its the best feeling

  8. Rutherford Posted on August 10, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Thanks for talking about that very important topic especially when you're playing in a competition and good camera movement too.

  9. FYProduction Posted on August 10, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    I'm a regular, recreational tennis player that participates with leagues, who doesn't really play table tennis, but follows your posting because many concepts are the same in both sports!

    I'm finding that I play the best, when I don't keep track of the score. But that always annoy people (especially my doubles partner), because I'm supposed to call out the score before each of my serve.

    Another point that found out about myself, is finding that fine balance of having to get excited in a match so I don't get too passive, but not over trying and become too aggressive. I do find that I self-destruct when I'm trying to make up the lost in a match, and ended up making too much unforced errors.

  10. AlexOS Posted on August 10, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Iv been in a tournament before. Not for table tennis, but one that was PvP based. One on One matches. And though this doesn't relate to table tennis, having a but load of people watcher you sends a certain feeling through your body. Mainly its with my arms they start to feel electric and I start to feel sick like ill puke(And no i didn't puke).

    Anyway, What I do is I close my eyes and focus all my energy into clearing my mind and trying to heighten my senses. It works most of the time, Only time it doesn't work is when you get use to the feeling and it just becomes bland. tl;dr Just focus, get into the zone. And you'll be fine.

    One more thing. It wasn't with an MMO or anything stat based. Its entirely skill based on a level field. The feeling still happens even with games and sports.

  11. Yudhistira Sulaeman Posted on August 12, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    thank's for the video, for me myself, i often too much thinking when i face famous player, i image i will be beaten easy and will get no point 🙂 . how to manage and handle this feeling sir ?

  12. Neil Gurnani Posted on August 14, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Great Advice! I love your videos because they have helped me with my game so much!

  13. Niranjan Nagesh Posted on August 27, 2014 at 3:46 am

    That will help me play better thanks Alois

  14. niloy sarkar Posted on September 2, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Sir , Where is the next video ? 
    I have my tournament soon!

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  16. Ethan Low Posted on February 21, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    How do i overcome my fear of the opponent especially when he has a far greater reputation or represents a regularly successful team. That always causes me to panic and my games are filled with services into the net, returns with the edge of my racket sending the ball to space

  17. Darion Posted on February 27, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Thanx for this video, I found it very helpful! Everytime I play an important match as if in tournament I experience some racing thoughts, like wha'ts gonna happen if I win, lose, etc. Anyways, I try to replace negative thoughts with positive ones, and sometimes this anxiety motivates me to be better, but in my opinion it's quite often too high and unnecessary…

  18. John Smith Posted on March 23, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    Thank you so much for all the great videos!! You're a star!!

  19. A'bdur Rehman Khan Posted on June 5, 2018 at 12:46 am

    Sir I want to ask you for a favor, Can you please aware me about the reason to buy a book on table tennis named "Get your game face on & Get your game face on like the pros" Should I buy these 2 books ?
    This is a humble request of your student and a biggest fan from India 😊 !

  20. A'bdur Rehman Khan Posted on August 7, 2018 at 1:08 am

    Hello sir,
    I do these exercises from morning 5:30 to 6:30
    1. Jogging of 10 minutes
    2. Body stretching exercises
    3. Side running including forward and backward movements also ✝ this way.
    4. Ladder drills for footwork
    5. Then squats

    I want to know that in which order should i perform these exercises as… Should i first or what ???

  21. Danner Cordova Posted on December 15, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Thats exactly what happens to me thanks bro

  22. Eloi Mumford Posted on September 27, 2019 at 2:51 am

    I play worst when the atmosphere between players is agressive , like the opponent attitude is : i need to destroy this guy . Then i try to remind me : dont count the points , just play to have fun and improve your style…''this is just practice'' X repeat like a mantra .