Originally Posted by Failed
Well... ths is a topic that has probably been discussed million times on these forums. This occurence will not be an exception. I have not played an official match for 4 months and I played terrible this weekend. I have practised a lot and worked on being more aggressive and all the strokes have worked nicely in practise. I got onto the court hoping to implement those shots in matchplay, did not work.
Happens all the time. The trick is to learn strokes in a stress free environment, but to then practice and perfect them with the same stress as a match. Play to 21 on drills. It is often enough to just say "match point" before sending off the ball. Of course, there is a need for practice, but soon after practicing something you should put what you were working on to the real test and try it out in a set.