9-ball Strategy: Playing someone much worse than you



I have a handicapped 9-ball tournament coming up this weekend that I've been preparing for. The opening rounds of the tournament always scare me because I have to play people who are rated much lower than me. They only need to win a few games due to the handicap system.

What kind of strategy should I use on these low handicaps? I always stress myself out when I get towards the end of the rack because although I've ran all the balls up to the 8, one miss and I could lose the game. I know that it's no different than playing a good player but for some reason it makes me think and worry too much. I guess it's because one loss is much more costly against a low handicapped player.

Any strategy advice?