Play Poorly…And Win! by Samson Dubina

Samson Dubina

In most tournaments, I play around 50-80% of my full potential. When I’m playing 100%, yes, I feel amazing. But there are other factors that hinder me from playing my best. Different playing conditions can hinder my performance – different balls, different lighting, different tables, different floor, slight wind currents, strange playing-style opponents, and thousands of other distractions. Also, my preparation can hinder my performance – uncomfortable bed, lack of sleep, fatigue from travel, damaged equipment, and many other elements.

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Devastate Your Opponent by Samson Dubina

Samson Dubina

One of my students recently lost to a player who had an amazing forehand and a terrible backhand. This opponent’s forehand was at least 1900-level and his backhand was around 800-1000 level. After losing, I asked my student why he played so many balls to the forehand. He responded by saying, “Well, I didn’t want my opponent to know that I knew his weak point.” What a terrible way to lose a match.

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