Comp tmr.. I am feeling quite nervous/restless.
Anyone has any tips how to stay calm / perform the best?
I am trying to maintain a more neutral attitude and not put too much pressure on myself. I feel I have the ability to win it but depends on my performance as well, since it will be best of 3s, so things can swing quick.
CONGRATULATIONS on you winning it all!!!
1. Trust yourself. Trust your training. Trust your coach. Positive self-talk. "If you face just one opponent, and you doubt yourself, you're out-numbered." ~Dan Millman
2. Do not overthink it. Be yourself and be natural. Don't force things.
3. You hopefully will get into what sports psychology calls a 'flow state'. In Japanese martial arts, they call it "mushin"/無心 ... the Japanese kanji is the same as the Chinese characters for 'mou sam' (no heart) in Canto and wuxin in Mando but meant as 'no mind' ... no thinking... you are on autopilot. A few posts above Gozo mentioned he was in this flow state.
4. Meditation and visualization. Play a movie in your mind of you winning effortlessly. Visualize you winning the games, the whole tournament. Again, belated tip.
5. Watch highlight clips of your winning shots. Recall the happiness after winning the point. Recall the feelings after your winning shot. Try to get back into those feelings.
6. Listen to music. Some prefer light music, some hard music. You know you. You do you.
7. Tame your Ego. It looks cool for video highlights for you to loop 5x and then win the point, however, you may win simply by returning the ball with a block to where the opponent is not. Think Waldner, the master of this.
8. You want to set up a 'trigger' as NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming) calls it. You see Xu Xin, Ma Long, any player, before they serve, they go through a pre-serve routine. XX/ML will take a few seconds before they serve. They kind of stare into the ball or into space. They are focusing/visualizing. Ma Lin will always wipe his hand near the net before going to the corner of the table to serve or receive serve. I will bounce the ball 3x or so on the table as that is my trigger. Am looking to trigger the flow state. I visualize my serve and my 3rd ball attack. It calms me, prepares me mentally and physically. Some players will bounce the ball off their racket... IIRC Wang Hao or Ma Lin did this. You see this in Basketball when players shoot a foul shot... dribble the ball, stare at the net, dribble again, get ready and shoot. You see golfers before their putt, do a few practice swings, look at the hole, look at the ball and then get ready to putt. You see this in tennis, in baseball, etc. Same thing.
There are more tips, Others have posted their tips and some may be similar.
Find your Formula. Find what works for you. Do it. Be consistent and keep doing it.
CONGRATULATIONS again!!! OK, please spot me 1 game AND 9 points in a 3 out of 5!