Playing Out of Your Mind
Coaching Article by Samson Dubina
When Olympic athletes perform their best, they play smoothly, moving into position hitting strong shots without overthinking about the technical details of their strokes. There are two main things that they do really well.
#1 They establish strong basic techniques and get thousands of hours of repetitions.
#2 They trust their skills and allow their bodies to work automatically.
Many table tennis athletes begin the season with refining their basic technique and working on developing a solid base for footwork and consistency with many systematic drills. As they get closer to their peak tournament, they then begin a more tactical approach. When they know which exact opponents they will compete against, then they begin specific tactical preparation for that exact opponent.
This is good, but I’m going to propose a slightly different approach for you…
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;