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What excuses do you use to explain away defeat
Tired (caused by work / family commitments) 14%  14%  [ 3 ]
Age 5%  5%  [ 1 ]
Injury 14%  14%  [ 3 ]
Playing conditions 5%  5%  [ 1 ]
Distractions 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Illegal serves 14%  14%  [ 3 ]
Luck - You no luck (except bad) or opponent all the luck 5%  5%  [ 1 ]
Equipment (yours) 24%  24%  [ 5 ]
Equipment (theirs) 10%  10%  [ 2 ]
Other 10%  10%  [ 2 ]
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PostPosted: 24 Sep 2016, 20:22 
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As I get older, I get wiser. I have more experience. I have a collection of ready made excuses to explain every defeat and loss, and just to cover my tracks I'll even occasionally admit I lost to the better player.

Typical excuses I've actually used are as follows:

1. Before playing a divisional semi-final in our league I let it be known to anyone who would listen that I'd come straight from work and was really tired. I even took to lying down on a bench so people could see I was trying to get some sleep. Reason - it was easier to prepare to lose than try my best and accept it wasn't "good enough".

2. Age. This is one that's creeping up on me with more regularlity particularly as more and more youngsters cross my path. Creeks and goans, sighs. Slow bending down to pick the ball up, then a whince and a glance over at the youngster on the other side of the net (by youngster that's anyone under the age of 40 so I've got most of my competition covered with this one) before shouting over, "you wait to you get to my age..." In reality, the biggest issue I find with age, isn't during the match, it's the recovery time - how stiff you feel the next day. But then, there's no tt players around to see you the next day so what a waste it would be not to bring forward the suffering you experience by 24hrs. Age. It's always a good excuse.

3. Injury. Every cloud has a silver lining. Recovering from L5S1 surgery has given me an excellent excuse. I struggle to move and twist. I have pain down my leg. An ache in my lower back. I can't move as fast. I need to be careful not to do more damage. The best "lies" always have an element of truth in. All those things on any given night are true to a lesser or greater extent. But they are also an opportunity to adapt and change my game, a new challenge. And of course quite often it's the psychological scars that take longest to heal - actually trusting my body that it can move like it use to. Injury - always good for the sympathy vote and comes with a degree of truth for added validation.

4. Conditions. That could be shine from the bright lights on my glasses. White ball, white background. Slippy floor. Too hot. Too cold. We play in a purpose built centre but the excuses still keep trotting out. Anyone remember playing in small church rooms where if you stood mid distance from the table you'd be playing from the car park.

5. Distractions. I come from a badminton background where we often played in leisure centre halls where there would be "dance music" blaring out from "body pump" classes, tannoy announcements, people moving behind opponents within your eyeline and the sin of all sins, someone actually daring to talk whilst you were playing.

6. Illegal serves. Oh what joy the illegal serve brings for the person who wants to abandon responsibility for a loss they've had. Imagine if everyone actually served legally. There would be an outcry to allow illegal serves again. I lost a game last week to a nice guy, but he's a left hander and serves flat straight out of his hand. He can whip it quickly wide across the table - out of my reach as I'm recovering from injury, did I mention that already :lol: Or straigtht down the line making me twist because now I'm older I can't move quick enough from side to side :?: I know if you took that serve from him I'd win 100% guaranteed but hey, it's not the olympics so I let him serve illegally to keep him happy. And I let my team mates know it too. What a selfless caring person I am. :swear:

7. And lastly, the all time number one and one which I now make a conscious effort not to fall foul of. "How many more nets and edges are you going to get" followed by "I'm not taking that net home with me tonight" or "Get the taxi, I'm ready to go". Always a good excuse this. Le'ts face it, everyone has been there, everyone can empathise. And everyone is likely to agree because they know it's an excuse they'll turn to in a moment of crisis too. Bottom line though, you can't change nets and edges. Focusing on them is pointless, literally. You can control how you are playing and what your tactics are, so why waste time on nets and edges - because it's the easiest excuse to use. And we're all interested in an easier life.

It's time to come clean, to own up, to wash away your sins. What excuses have you consciously used to explain a loss, excuses which you know deep down had nothing to do with why you lost?


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PostPosted: 24 Sep 2016, 20:54 
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I tend not to make excuses, as if I'm beaten its usually they played better than me, whether that be me off my game or them on theirs. Of course some of these in the list are always there, like age and injury. Then there are times other things crop up like excess luck on their side or lack of it on mine. And sometimes its just plain obvious they worked out my game and how to defeat it.

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PostPosted: 25 Sep 2016, 04:56 
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i usually say congratulations, i had no chance, if the opponent beat me hard, or congratulations, you played better today if i had a chance for winning...

i rarely make any excuses, then i could not make fun of people that do 8) :lol:

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PostPosted: 26 Sep 2016, 00:24 
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I am a net/edge victim by a 10x factor, but if anyone looks at my results where the ball was a seamed 40+ not named Nittaku Premium, I lost ratings points and matches big-time.

This weekend used BTY 40+ and I went 1-6 in my round robin. There were only 3 players around my level, so I didn't quite perform, competed, made many go to 5, but damn that 40+ seamed ball.

I don't remember anyone pulling out Hookshot's horse pistol magnum and pointing it my way to force me to enter the tourneys, so I deserve what I got.

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PostPosted: 26 Sep 2016, 00:37 
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The most common excuse I both hear from others and use myself is "I played like garbage." But in reality it's more like I played average and the opponent played/is better than me. That used to kind of irk me when people said it after I won a match, because it ignores that I played well. But after a while I realized that, unless it is a total mismatch in either direction, most people don't really have much idea how well or badly their opponent played. We all focus too much on our own performance to notice.


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PostPosted: 26 Sep 2016, 04:21 
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Since I'm starting to play seriously now, I blame my ability to stay inconsistent on rallies , especially in real games, guys would say how come u were good in looping warm up just now haha, I just smile and stay quiet for a bit since within me I know its the lack of in game practice with serious partner has led me to be so.

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PostPosted: 26 Sep 2016, 07:31 
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Excuses I could use, but haven't at times:
Left handed
Didn't have coaching in formative years
Family
Work
Age
Old rubbers
New rubbers
Luck
Lack of practice against good players
Too much practice against lower players
Floor too slippery
Light bad
Net too loose
Not enough room
Ceiling too low.

The one that I do use:
The other player was too good on the day.

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PostPosted: 26 Sep 2016, 10:59 
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PostPosted: 26 Sep 2016, 19:11 
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It's good to hear so many people crediting their opponents. That's rare from my experience.

Most put it down to themselves not playing well. One of my team mates who uses LP's beat a player who shook his hand and said "well played bat".

At the moment the biggest "excuse" is "no luck". It gets tiring after a while hearing that and players soon pick up on the fact that you're mentally weak by using that excuse and will exploit it in various ways.


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BRS wrote:
The most common excuse I both hear from others and use myself is "I played like garbage." But in reality it's more like I played average and the opponent played/is better than me. That used to kind of irk me when people said it after I won a match, because it ignores that I played well. But after a while I realized that, unless it is a total mismatch in either direction, most people don't really have much idea how well or badly their opponent played. We all focus too much on our own performance to notice.


Trust me BRS, if the opponent excelled in their performance I notice! I played 2 finals last week, and from the 3 players I got to play over those 2 nights, one player stood out at how well he played. The others were more a case of me not playing up to near my potential. Funnily enough, that one player, I played well against. He just played better. That was Monday. On Thursday I played 2 guys, and I didn't play as well.

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PostPosted: 27 Sep 2016, 02:01 
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Last night, in a friendly way, after complimenting my opponent for playing better than me, I made the excuse that it was only the third time I have played with a plastic ball. It also didn't help that I went straight from playing with a celluloid to a Stag seamless last night. Months ago I had a 15-20 minute hit with a Stag seamless, last Monday night was with DHS seamed, and last night as I said was Stag seamless. Oh well, so much for no excuses.

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PostPosted: 27 Sep 2016, 17:53 
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Last night, in a friendly way, after complimenting my opponent for playing better than me, I made the excuse that it was only the third time I have played with a plastic ball. It also didn't help that I went straight from playing with a celluloid to a Stag seamless last night. Months ago I had a 15-20 minute hit with a Stag seamless, last Monday night was with DHS seamed, and last night as I said was Stag seamless. Oh well, so much for no excuses.


Well obviously its your fault for not playing enough to get up to speed with the poly balls. Don't get sick again, play more :P :lol:

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