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Keep being yourself!!!!! I remember playing in last year Barnett tourney!! I was in the lead card on Sunday and it was completely different than the rest!!!! Like you said not enough talking!!! Serious!!!! But I kept being myself!! Talking smack,laughing, fooling around!! Just like me!!!!! In the end they loosened up a bit!!!! If they can't have fun and play!! That doesn't mean you can't!!!!
Likewise to what Hippy mentioned,depends a lot on the group you're in Vic.Some take it way to serious.Patty/Elkin and I had a great time @ the same tourney.Be yourself,enjoy the best you can.usually this means you play better and really start to piss of the rest of the group..F... 'em.if they can't take a joke.have a great time @ the DAytona Open this weekend.Hit chains my friend.
That final round could have been fun for you if you reacted to it the right way. The heat of the battle is is a very special kind of fun, even if no one is joking around.
Some final groups will have the kinds of personalities and interactions where players congratulate and support each other, others don't. So what. The fun lies in the excitement and pressure of the moment. Not everyone deals with those situations well or handles pressure well. It is too much to expect all your playing partners to show class or social skills. This is one reason why many old guys prefer the older divisions as older folks tend to less overtly competitive. This doesn't mean we want it less, just that life experience grows class.
You are the only one who can control your happiness, your mood or your enjoyment. There should be an emotional reward for playing well, which you had to do to make the lead card. There is an emotional reward for being in the heat of the battle, if you allow yourself to feel it, if you can overcome your own fears and anxieties, if you can block out the distractions and use that adrenaline and energy to excel.
You should not depend on others to have fun or to feel joy. Yes some players are jerks. All the more reason to play well against them. But why not be charitable to them? Rather than assume they are bad people, why not assume they handle pressure poorly? You can't read their minds.
At the end of the round there is plenty of time for joking around, surrounded by friends, tipping a drink. It is much more rewarding if you have something to celebrate (rather than something to mourn). Get back to that final round and find the fun you missed.
whoa!@ I was reading this as if it was current news. Yeah like the other guy said- be positive and the same as always. If these guys are that much of animals you should be able to beat them with your human brain.