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    Slow starter - most effective warm ups?

    Hi guys,

    I've got slow starter syndrome...meaning it usually takes me 15-30 minutes of play to warm up and hit my stride. Unfortunately that means often losing my first game or two.

    I am wondering what your most effective warm up is to get you in the zone for game one.
    Go for a quick run? Do a footwork drill with your warm up buddy? If so which drills get you there fast?

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by CroneOne
    Hi guys,

    I've got slow starter syndrome...meaning it usually takes me 15-30 minutes of play to warm up and hit my stride. Unfortunately that means often losing my first game or two.

    I am wondering what your most effective warm up is to get you in the zone for game one.
    Go for a quick run? Do a footwork drill with your warm up buddy? If so which drills get you there fast?

    Cheers
    That is true for virtually every player.
    Basically the answer is in your post. You need to get 15-30mins table practice to be at your best.
    Before that do some dynamic stretches, similar to sprinters. For TT specific, start at neck shoulders down to toes. Pay particular attention to loosening the wrist, knees and ankles.
    Some players like a pre-game run, but others say that it takes away too much energy.
    For specific practice, it depends. If you know who you are going to face, you might want to practise certain serves etc. Otherwise do anything that helps you feel loose/relaxed and ready for action which is usually the stuff that you are strongest at.
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    Are you sure it's physical not your mental state?

    If you don't have the luxury of pre-match warm-up, take your first game with caution. Play safe and sure. Once your body/mind is functioning at full stride, let go and play your best game.

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    Tiny K is the FIRST old-school person I have EVER seen say DYNAMIC stretching as the first words out of the mouth. Old-School crowd is so stuck on static stretching to accomplish that task and that simply doesn't work. Go dynamic all the way.
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    I am a slow starter too, i have overcome this by ignoring that i am not warmed up.i just focus on the game, put m full concentration in the game andplay a little safer

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    I have got the same problem as you CroneOne. When I play a match and I haven't done my usual warm-up exercises, I start to feel nervous. At that moment I just try to put all the balls in the table, without hitting strong shots, so that my opponent also has the chance to miss the next shot. I hope you overcome this problem early!

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    I forgot to add.

    If you can't get on a table, hit a ball on your bat. Practise spinning the ball and controlling it for a couple of minutes. It give you an immediate feel for spin action and helps to focus on the job at hand.
    In fact you should do this whether or not you get on the table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinykin
    If you can't get on a table, hit a ball on your bat. Practise spinning the ball and controlling it for a couple of minutes. It give you an immediate feel for spin action and helps to focus on the job at hand.
    In fact you should do this whether or not you get on the table.
    Thanks for the tip! I'll try it!

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