Every player who has played an important match knows that feeling of having nervous butterflies.
Your breathing becomes short and erratic, your muscles become tense and flinchy, your blood pressure rises, your pace of play is completely unsettled, your palms may sweat, and worst of all your ability to think clearly becomes clouded and replaced with multiple “what if” thoughts.
Your impending doom is predictable and more often than not, you do bomb out. But wait; did you ever wonder what was happening to the other player while you were in your own living nightmare?
Were they as calm as a cucumber and unnerved all that time too? It’s likely they were too, but you couldn’t tell in your condition and just maybe they couldn’t tell you were either. It’s more than likely they were nervous too.
So answer this question, if you had known that they too were a nervous wreck, would you have been more calm and ended up giving them the beating of their life? So then, what can you do to better prepare ahead of time to avoid becoming the bigger nervous wreck out of the two of you so you lose? The answer I’m about to give you should bless your heart for the rest of your playing career or at the very least, for each time you remember it when you find yourself going into, “the nervous zone” again.<