Performing aggressively or hard play is not about harming or injuring your competitor. It is about a mental attitude of performing within the rules of the sport with a positive and attacking manner to gain competitive advantage. In order to perform aggressively, you must respect your competitors and not let up. Be prepared to play at full intensity all the way through the competition. The key is not to get into a mindset where you start thinking about protecting your lead and avoiding making mistakes. If you concentrate too much on not making mistakes, you may lose focus on what you need to do and perform in a defensive and tentative manner. It is important to stay in the present and focus on execution rather than the results. Set yourself challenging goals and don’t let yourself become complacent.

Aggressiveness Tips
1 Practice hard to improve your game and gain confidence to play well.
2 Develop your understanding about when to play aggressively and when to play safe.
3 Focus on execution rather than the results and avoid thinking about mistakes.
4 Go through your routines with full intensity and focus in order to achieve a peak level when you perform.
5 Play aggressively in order to play well and be among the top players.
6 Be an optimist because you won't win more by being anything else.

What experts say

The first thing is to be patient, which is probably the hardest thing to do. Don’t worry if blokes are whacking you out of the park because you still have the opportunity to get him out next ball, even if it’s not the same ball.

Shane Warne Cricketer

If you don’t invest very much, then defeat doesn’t hurt very much and winning is not very exciting.

Dick Vermeil American Football Coach

Do the SPQ20 and find out where you are on aggressiveness