Ask The Coach Show Episode 11 – Changing Your Grip for the Service

Question 1 – 1:02

Hi Alois ! I have my first tournament of the season in a week and I want to practice my serves. One problem : I don’t have any plastic balls. Is it bad to practice my serves with celluloid balls ? Yoan Pelletier

Question 2 – 2:11

Do you other professionals who play with shakehand, use a specific or specialized grip to serve and then quickly shift to the shakehand for the majority of the point? Do you stay with the special grip after the serve? Cole Mooney

Question 3 – 3:19

I recently received advice to engage my thumb and apply pressure onto the rubber when backhand counterhitting. The advice improved my backhand but I don’t know if should change especially if the rallies are transitioning BH to FH in a fast manner. Danny Ly

Question 4 – 6:09

Due to studies I didn’t play table tennis for 1.5 months. I played today in an interschool tournament and I lost to a player whom I used to defeat every time. What is the reason of my defeat and how can I prepare for my state tournament. Shivam Goenka

Question 5 – 8:12

As a penhold player, should I hit with the other side of my bat? I tend to find that I cant have as much control as if I simply move more and use the same side of my bat. Colin Young

PingSkillers Question – 10:45

What will be the effect of the new plastic balls?

Links Mentioned In This Episode

PingPod #35 – The New Plastic Ball Verdict

Ask the Coach Episode 10 – How To Stop Momentum Swings Against You

Question 1 – 0:37

Usually players follow one style, attack or defense. If I want to change mine to All Around to add some defensive strokes, when is it efficient to start? When the attack style is completely confident or it’s better to study all the strokes at the same time? Olena.

Question 2 – 2:55

I realize that in table tennis we use only one part of our hand (upper arm, lower arm, and wrist) so what is the time to use each part of it and can I combined them? Frendy.

Question 3 – 4:23

How to reply to a player who simply sends every shot back with push & chop shots? I feel like I am playing the ball against a wall. I start to think that I have to do something to end the rally and then I make the mistake & lose the point. Len Buffey.

Question 4 – 6:42

What advice can you give to changing the momentum in a match? I was recently up 2-0 in a match and lost all confidence after losing the 3rd set and continued to go downhill losing in 5.

Question 5 – 10:38

Is there difference between a lob and a fish? If yes, what is it? Kaustubh Kulkarni.

PingSkillers Question – 12:44

What is the easiest stroke to learn in Table Tennis?

Ask The Coach Show Episode 9 – Who’s The Best Player You’ve Seen?

Question 1 – 0:28

Hi Alois, I’ve noticed that the quality of the training some how depends on the mood and the concentration. The same strokes I perform differently and miss more with the higher concentration on the ball. What is an object and level of concentration? Olena

Question 2 – 3:14

I play at a local club and have received comments that I have a good serve. However, I have noticed that almost all of my backspin serves (Pendulum) have sidespin as well. Is this taking away from the effectiveness of the backspin? Adam

Question 3 – 5:32

While playing with my opponent when I tossed the ball for a serve my opponent asked me to stop as he wasn’t ready then after a pause of 4 to 5 seconds I served again and again the same thing happened. Is this legal? Rutvik Thakkar

Question 4 – 8:31

Hi, sometimes I see professional players immediately smash the ball when returning a serve, I was wondering in what circumstances could and should you do this. Thanks! Alan C

PingSkillers Question – 11:12

Who is the best player you have ever seen?

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