Monday, 27 April 2009

The shots you pick not the shots you play more often determine your fate

In continuation of a previous article on how break building in snooker can be used to apply psychological pressure to an opponent whilst building your own rhythm and confidence I also wanted to point out that tactical awareness and discipline is something you need to be consistent on throughout a tournament. Use tactics to put your opponent under pressure and get your rhythm and thus improve How you play the shot.

I haven't got time right now to go into this but as part of a mind over matter approach it's very helpful to watch the real greats such as Roger Federer, Michael Schumacher, Pete Sampras, Tiger Woods and others and see how they are always, without exception, experts in tactics and understand that competition is about your strengths beating your opponents weaknesses. thus you must have ways of finding out their weaknesses and using your game to exploit them. 

Without exception, those that rule their chosen sport have worked diligently at this skill above all others because it's not about being the best, it's about being the best on the day every day. If you're going to beat someone better than you then don't let them know your weaknesses and be damn well sure of theirs and how you can use your skills to get the upperhand. 
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