Good Reasons To Change A Badly Losing Game
When you are getting badly beaten in a game, it is a time of deep frustration when your morale drops and your self-confidence snaps. It is a time of utter confusion when you could be moved to take wrong decisions. However, if the policy and style of play you adopted so far has failed to bring any positive results, then you might as well change the game completely; for that is the only option available to stage a comeback, even if the possibility seems highly remote.
If you are already well beaten, getting beaten a little more makes no difference; but a possible come back into the game makes all the difference. So, change a game you are losing offers the most obvious and reasonable option to bring about an immediate reversal of the going trend, since you have nothing to lose by trying it anyway. Remember, the corollary of this too, which very is true; and that is to never change a game while you are winning.
Changing a game when you are losing is easier said than done; since deciding exactly when to change poses a big problem. You could be hoping that the luck or the tide would turn in your favor from the next round or the next set (according to the law of averages), and hence keep on postponing the exact timing of changing the game until it is far too late to derive any significant benefit from the change of tactics. But the greater danger lies in changing far too soon rather than too late. Miscalculated timing or unnecessary haste tin changing the game could mean presenting the game to your opponent on a platter.
For example, if you know that you are playing normally despite having lost about 4-6 or 3-6 in a set with just one service lost, don’t hasten to change the game just yet since it could right itself with the break of service; or luck could soon catch up or even up propelling you forward to win the very next set. However, you will know that you have been trounced if you have already lost 2 off the 3 games played with two more to go. Here is a case where the writing is clearly on the wall, when you are justified in changing the game.
The lesson to be learnt is clear. Take risks freely when you have nothing to lose and plenty to gain. Even if it doesn’t bring you victory, you could at least emerge fighting by prolonging the defeat. It will do a world of good for your ego and morale too. The important thing is to keep your confidence and nerve in a match. Surrendering two points to your opponent due to a breakdown in that department could amount to too big a handicap to catch up with later.
Try your best to hide from your opponent that you are fatigued or worried since it would only help boost his sagging morale and confidence. In actual fact, he also may be feeling even worse physically and emotionally; but whoever reveals his true emotions first to the other only ends by providing the opponent with the much needed encouragement and confidence at a moment he is very much in need of it.
Always try to hide your worries and fatigue with an outward show of exuberance and confidence by wearing at least a false smile. That is also a good tactic to win points by shaking the confidence of the other. Don’t allow yourself to be cornered for long; but come out fighting happily and spiritedly at the earliest possible opportunity. Harder the fight, greater would be the enjoyment!