Ask The Coach Show #12 – Playing Hard Bat Players

Question 1 – 0:30

I play inverted and will play against a hard bat penhold player. He has no problem hitting through chops, and various spins. What I find most difficult is returning his general shots. I hit many balls into the net. Any suggestions? Bob Van Deusen

Question 2 – 2:46

There is an attacking shot in badminton called dropshot from the rear court. I haven’t seen it in table tennis where one player is away from the table, slows down shortly before contact so the ball drops short. Is it possible in table tennis? Peter Habich

Question 3 – 5:18

Being not a terribly strong guy, I’ve always preferred blades on the lighter side. Recently I switched to one which weighs only 5 grams less, and the difference is remarkable. I can’t be sure yet which to prefer, so what’s your view on this? Andrej K

Question 4 – 6:30

My issue is that I’m practicing drills mostly at the club with ITTF standard sized tables and the one at my office is one that lays on top of a billiards table, which is about 9cm higher. How I can adjust my strokes so that I can perform better? Gregory S

PingSkillers Question of the Day – 9:08

Tomahawk or Pendulum?

Links in this Episode

Drop Shot off a Lob

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?

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