What is your mental state when you go into playing? I recently saw some posts on Facebook about losing matches if you are a passive player. The idea is to go into the game with a win mentality and always making every shot intentional.
I play frequently with another person and to be honest, she is not always the best player on the court. Her problem is that she lets everybody know that. Before the game even starts, she will apologize about being matched with me and asks for forgiveness before the sound of 0-0-2. After a game, I finally told her cut it out (in a loving way). I told her that she needs to go in with a win mentality. I told her that even though on paper I may not be the best player on the court, for 10 minutes of the game I believe that I am. I firmly believe that I get a lot of wins because of it.
Fast forward to a week later and I hear that she was playing with some other people and just dominated play against everyone. She mentioned to them that I told her to believe in herself and not apologize for being the weaker player. She went into each game believing that she was going to do her best and it obviously paid off.
How do you go into a game? Do you consider yourself the weaker player and consider yourself lucky to play even if you lose or do you go in saying that you will do your best and become a better player for competing with higher ranked people?
Don’t be passive. BE AGGRESSIVE! Push yourself mentally. Push yourself to believe that you are the better player and I promise you it will show in your game.