Preparing for a Match.
Viking Cues Tip of the Week with Mike Roque, author of “Build Your Game!”
“I won’t even call a friend… I’m scared of disrupting my concentration.”
COMPETITIVE athletes have different ways of preparing for matches. Some go for a run; others meditate. Listening to music or hypnosis sessions is also very common. Whatever the routine, it’s all done for the same reason—to put your game face on.
It is all about preparing your mind for competition. Before a match, it’s essential to create an ideal state of mind for optimal play. Winning athletes develop finely tuned routines that prepare them to focus and play their best.
Using sunglasses, avoiding talk and eye contact, and using headphones are simple ways to insulate yourself externally. Do whatever you need to do to prepare yourself. Most top players understand this and avoid casual interactions just prior to a match. They can appear to be unfriendly, but often they’re just getting into their zone.
But the real prep is internal, since you will play better when your body is relaxed and your mind is alert. Prior to crunch time, great champions know how to get into their personal zone for playing great.
Use every event to tweak and experiment with your pre–match routines. Find out what works best for you!
Preparing for a match starts long before you hit the first ball.
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