It’s fairly easy at the start of a set to have your focus in a good place – there really hasn’t been a lot of time to lose it yet. But what happens as the set progresses players very move their focus away from their opponent to the finish line which is getting and closer with each point. This is a huge mistake. Reaching out for the finish line stops you paying attention to what got you there in the first place.
Primary Focus Is Not Winning
The finish line is represented by winning the set. Focusing on winning, which is an end result of some other action, is always something you want to keep away from the forefront of your mind. Keep your focus in the present, on the opponent, and on the successful tactics you are employing.
You have obviously done something well to get into a position to win the set in the first place. It is these collection of points that must demand your attention because they are the road map you created as the set developed that is especially helpful when the set is there to be win. Hit copy and paste as much as you can.
Focus On The Game Plan
Instead of filling your mind with the hope of winning, fill it with the tactics that will achieve it. Typically when you are up a break and looking to close out a set your opponent is empowered by the score to attack – they will often times play looser and more aggressive. Don’t panic. They should do they. Train your mind to see the good in every situation. Know they will be charging and be ready to counter with your best patterns of play.