How much do you hate losing?

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by will3689, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. TimothyO

    TimothyO Hall of Fame

    Oct 5, 2010
    In rec league play you can't focus on WL. In any given division at low-mid level (3.0-3.5 or so) you encounter so much skill diversity you shouldn't get cocky over easy wins nor depressed over big losses. But that's nit the same thing as fighting hard to win and trying hard to improve.

    I focus on skill improvement relative to those I can beat at will, those who challenge me, and those against whom I have no hope. There are players who proved a challenge two years ago that I can beat at will now. Others I have no hope of playing let alone beating but still enjoy watching for clues on how to play better. For me a loss to a better player should provide an opportunity to learn. A win over a weaker player is a chance to work on tougher shots.

    And I focus on skill improvement independent of competition. I get as much pleasure practicing and improving my serve as I do winning a match. I used to fear serving and now I truly relish it.

    We're rec players. We don't have sponsors or fans and don't play for prize money. Nobody will remember our records or care about them. I doubt many of us can name our local city champion for a given level in a given rec league for a given season (in ATL for singles we have Peach Tennis, T2, Ultimate, USTA, and League at the very least...I can't name one city champ at ANY level). I've never read an article in a local paper about rec league results. The only I see that is on the rec league website!

    All that being said whether I win or lose I enjoy a post match analysis to figure out why. It's like a puzzle and figuring out those answers provides clues to how to play the next match.
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2012
  2. winstonplum

    winstonplum Hall of Fame

    May 14, 2010
    I like it.
  3. Marcus2137

    Marcus2137 Rookie

    Aug 20, 2011
    Depends on how I play.

    I could be loosing but playing well and I'll be in a great mood.

    OR I could be winning but playing crap tennis and ready to go home and try another day.
  4. Winning Ugly

    Winning Ugly New User

    Sep 14, 2010
    The consensus seems to be that as we get older, we hate playing poorly miuch more than we hate losing.

    I hope that is true, because having been bumped up this year I will do a lot more losing -- but, I hope to continue to improve my play...
  5. 3fees

    3fees Hall of Fame

    Jun 24, 2010
    Take a loss as lesson and dont make the same mistakes twice,, keep your cool and the better opp will fall from

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