The results: Players who are playing well feel like the game slows down and the net is lower. Players playing poorly feel like the speed is increased and the net is higher.
Yeah, not exactly stunning or groundbreaking news there.
You can read the full story here, but that’s the gist.
The study seems to focus on players perceptions after they have hit a ball in or out. That’s all fine and dandy, but what I would like to know is not that we experience this, but why we experience this and what we can do to manage our perceptions.
I know that when I’m playing poorly I’m not reacting as well as usual, which is causing me to rush and to feel like everything is happening at an increased speed. The problem is, when it’s happening I can’t seem to change it.
If the authors of this study follow it up with some conclusions as to what actions I as a player can take to change my perception during a match, now that would really be something.