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By Larry Hodges | Dec. 01, 2013, 9 a.m. (ET)

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Koen Hageraats (HOL) at the 2013 German Open

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Tournament Experience vs. Practice

Many players practice for many months, not playing in any tournaments until they feel they are completely ready. They then enter a tournament … and flop. They don’t understand it, so they go right back to practicing for many months, avoiding tournaments again. When they again feel ready, they enter a tournament again … and flop again. And the cycle continues.

Others both practice and play lots of tournaments, get lots of feedback on what works and what doesn’t in tournament competition, practices it, gets more feedback at tournaments, and their playing level spirals upward.

Which are you?

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