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1ST Competitive game
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I entered my 1st competitive game on the weekend. Prize money was $2500. I never expected to win. Some of the top State players were there. The idea for me playing was to take my practice from the practice board at home, which I feel I've been playing well and see how I compared to the good players.
Problem was once I got to the tournament I fell to pieces. Shaking, changing throw, etc. You name it I did it wrong. I went so bad I feel I cant even get a gauge on myself.

How do people prepare for games and tournaments mentally and emotionally???
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Totally feel yeah, there's no better way to get used to it other than experience. The more competitive situations you put yourself in the easier it'll become.

Perhaps try WDA?
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Sorry but WDA?
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Its all about playing games i entered in my first tournament second day picking darts and it went pretty good but says nothing to other people, try to play WDA and search for a team for the season and play some matches and thoose nerves will go away...
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Well done for having the bottle to enter and turn up.
Don't worry about how you threw, take the experience and learn from it.

The first few will be difficult in my experience and it's just about the pressure you put on yourself.
Don't expect to throw like Taylor just try and enjoy it and get used to the atmosphere and the people there.
Once you get over the jitters the next bump of pressure will be when you start winning a few of the earlier games.

If you can get a couple of mates to go along with you and sign up to it can help a lot as you all support each other.
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(12-23-2014, 12:21 AM)IPE Wrote: Problem was once I got to the tournament I fell to pieces. Shaking, changing throw, etc. You name it I did it wrong. I went so bad I feel I cant even get a gauge on myself.

How do people prepare for games and tournaments mentally and emotionally???

This is absolutely crazy....have never heard of anything even remotely similar to this before. Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.

It's very common. Even after you get used to playing in leagues and in tournaments, you'll have months of consistency and just randomly fall apart one night. I had one a few months back where I miss my fat numbers almost every time (like going for fat 16 before a D16) and sometimes throwing off the board.

It definitely helps to join a beginner's leagues...find a team with a bunch of laid back players that are all about having fun. I play so much better during league matches when I was surrounded by positive/fun people. They'll screw up/throw bad and so will you during random matches...but everyone has each other's back.

I think leagues are the best way for beginners to get comfortable in a tournament setting. Plus you have a chance to watch other throwers and pick up on little habits you can use. The other great thing (or terrible thing depending on your wallet) is that you'll always have 1-2 guys on your team that own 20 sets of darts....gives you time to try out different weights/barrel shapes.
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Yeah sounds about the same for everyone. Ill keep giving it a crack and hopefully improve each time I play another game.
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Play more often. Get used to playing with all the people around you. Join the league. Get involved in mini tournaments.

And have fun to ease out the tension.

I've been there.
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As most of the guys have said, it comes down to experience. Get involved in a few more and soon that pressure will get lighter.

Personally, I find talking to myself in my head helps. If you start to tighten up and shake. Just step back from the board. Take in some deep controlled breathes of air then step back to it. Also on out shots I will tell myself that the dart is going in and you are going to win the leg.

Sometimes we can be our own worst enemies. Positive Mental Thinking will help you.
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I have a feeling I will be in the same shoes this weekend. My first tournament. Any tips for things you would do different?
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(02-06-2015, 04:05 AM)Josh Wrote: I have a feeling I will be in the same shoes this weekend. My first tournament. Any tips for things you would do different?

I would arrive at the venue early and get time in on the boards just to get the feel of the place. I've played in big tournaments that relied on portable boards and that is much different than playing on a board secured to a solid wall. The backboard will move a bit, the chalker will make the whole frame and board move a bit too if they are heavy handed.

Try to not let your nerves get the best of you and rely on what you do at home in practice to carry you through. Don't start fiddling with your stroke, changing equipment, or approach to a game if falling behind. Just plug away and do the best you can. It will more than likely be a learning experience, so use it as such.
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