Tightening up, any help?

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  1. ark_28

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    Hey guys so here is my problem I play to a decent level but it is fair to say I am not in my best form right now, that in itself doesnt bother me too much as I am working hard at my game and I feel like I am not too far from turning it around.

    What worries me though is because I am not at my best I am getting so tight on big points and playing some total shockers.

    Today I played a best of 3 set match with a guy I train with we have a good rivalry going but lately he has beaten me a few times (he is in great form I am not as mentioned)

    Anyway final set was all with serve I am at 40-30 4-5 down, hit a massive serve he just knocked it back short to my forehand, now my forehand is my favourite and most dangerous shot I love hitting forehand winners, but usually I don't think about that shot at all I just hit it, but somehow before I hit that my hand just tightened up so much I could barely hold the racket and all I could think about was "it is on my racket to go 5-5" and a shot which I think should have been a regulation put away, I ended up shanking into the back fence, and I ended up getting broken and losing the match.

    That is just one example but this has happened a few times now does anyone have some tips as to how I can get over it as its really starting to get into my head and make me lose confidence even in my strengths :(
     
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  2. Limpinhitter

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    First, everyone goes through this. You have to find devices to assist your mind in focusing on what you want to happen, and not what you don't want to happen. One way is to forget about the score and the circumstances, block that part out, and concentrate on executing your gameplan, and your shots, one at a time. See the path of the ball in your mind before you hit it. Another device is role playing ie: where you pretend that you're Borg (known for his stoic demeanor, mental toughness and focus), or Connors (known for his competetiveness), or another champion you relate to, to get through important parts of a set or match. Another example, if you're down in a match, tell yourself that you're well known to be a great comeback player, and again, just play one shot at a time, one point at a time. There's no limit to the devices you can invent to assist your thinking depending on the circumstances.
     
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    Thanks a lot for the great tips :) I certainly need to try better to play one point at a time I am getting there but I guess sometimes you can want it too much and it makes it harder to stay in the moment! that has been my problem in recent times!
     
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  4. Pure Babs

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    Play a lot of matches and stay calm. Thats what I did and it helped me through it :) And everyone gets tight and nervous, its what you do with that that makes you a better player
     
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  5. Blake0

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    You just have to learn what YOU need to do to go clutch on those big points.

    Common reasons to lose it on big points is lack of confidence, over-confidence, thinking ahead/too much, trying to force yourself to play better.

    On big points I like to take a couple deep breaths, intensify my concentration, not get ahead of myself/ or think too much, and playing high percentage. I'm the type of player, that in a rally, the more shots I hit the more rhythm I gain and hit better shots, but if i try to force a huge shot I usually miss.
     
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    Thanks so much for the tips guys they are really helpful jut going to try and take my time get composed and not think about the moment to much! I will let you know how it goes :)
     
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