Sometimes, you just know you played well in a tournament.
Sometimes, you know you didn't.
But what if you thought you did, but turns out you didn't?
I recall several "tests" where lets say a guy runs up to a woman and grabs her purse and runs off. Several people are interviewed, they all have a different description. Turns out it was staged, and they were all shown the footage and shown just how bad their recollections really were.
Well, this is what I am wondering about my ACS State singles play.
Did I "really" play as well as I think I did, or am I reflecting incorrectly?
I remember telling my friend Michelle, "Damn I'm playing good." But, is that what got me to 4th place? Or was it me taking advantage of my opponents' mistakes?
Sure, I was playing exceptionally well. But, I honestly don't think I won because I played all that perfect.
I was more knowledgeable than my opponents and it helped in safety battles.
I took advantage of their mistakes and ran out after they missed.
But I didn't break and run a lot. I didn't even rack and run a lot.
I had GREAT shots. GREAT shot selections, yes.
But as I reflect back, maybe I was only winning because of my opponents, not because of myself.
I DO realize that some tournaments/matches are won b/c our opponents make mistakes. We pick up the pieces and win from there. Even then - we still have to come with it - even if we have 3 balls left on the table - it's still up to us.
I recall feeling like I was playing very well in that ACS tournament in October, but I lost because someone finally took advantage of my mistakes.
If I was really playing well, I would have beat my last opponent, right?
Does any of this make sense, lol.