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By Jeanette Lee
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June: Angry or Relaxed
June 2015

Q: Do you play better angry or relaxed? I've seen players actually play better after being upset by the score, or by something the opponent did.

Charles Kimberly, Ames, Iowa

A: I would have to say that I play better when I'm calm but passionately hungry to win. Sometimes, when I'm too relaxed, I feel like I don't have the killer drive to finish and win. It's easy to become complacent. I prefer to be on the edge of my seat, anticipating my next opportunity and reminding myself how badly I want to win. I don't want to have to depend on what my opponent leaves me, but rather be ready to take advantage of any opportunity that comes my way and force the tide to roll in my direction.

Q: What's the biggest deficit you've ever overcome in competition?

Mason Holt, Palm Beach, Fla.

A: I've been down 8-1 in a race to nine more times than I'd like to admit. I came back by reminding myself to have courage and look forward to every opportunity. One game at a time. Find a way to win versus trying not to lose.