Originally Posted by Nellie
You need to relax - I think you sound anxious about the jump in competition. Have fun. And don't think about the last ball you miss. Take in a breath before every shot and focus on the next shot. I like to whisper "hit" as am am hitting the ball. Good luck.
I agree with Nellie. Sometimes the subtle self-imposed pressure of playing at a higher level can cause one to take tentative shots and to play 'below level'. This typically wears off as one adjusts mentally to 'belonging' at the new level. Hang in there and stay positive! From other posts, it sounds like you belong at this new level - now just accept it and keep positive and the slump will be over in no time.