Show #298 - Planning or Wishing

2 weeks ago


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A goal without a plan is just a wish. We discuss this great quote and many other interesting table tennis ideas in this episode.

Joke of the Week - 0:43

An eskimo brings his friend to his home for a visit. When they arrive, his friend asks, puzzled – “So where’s your igloo?”

On This Week - 1:32

Some interesting birthdays of players who were born later in the year.

Tournament Wrap - 4:14

The Spanish Open and World Junior Championships

Tip of the Week - 9:22

A goal without a plan is just a wish. - Antoine de Saint Exupéry

Drill of the Week - 10:50

Plan your next session in full and then utilise the plan.

Stop Flat Hitting - 16:06

Benzene: Whenever I teach people how to Topspin on the forehand, I realised that many are already very used to flat hitting, and will still go ahead and flat contact before pretending to end very high such that it looks like Topspin. I recorded and realised that's the problem. What is the optimal way of kicking that habit? 

Learning to Play after Learning Strokes - 21:19

Jeevesh: How should i play? I know basic strokes and serving. On what should I focus more to win matches. Playing fast or slow?

Backhand Push in a Game - 24:05

Saayan: Coach, I practice table tennis everyday with my friends and played a friendly tournament.  My friends know my backhand is weak and they take advantage of it especially my chop.  I have searched your videos on youtube and on this website and seen and practice them but I'm still not able to beat them or tie them on backhand.

The Thing That Most Players Neglect - 26:55

David Mckenzie: Recently I came across these words by Albert E.N. Gray; The common denominator of success --- the secret of success of every man who has ever been successful --- lies in the fact that he formed the habit of doing things that failures don't like to do. What would you say that in table tennis most players neglect to do, or don't like to practice that would most positively affect their success?

Links in this Episode

2017 Spanish Open

2017 World Junior Championships

PingSkills Training Plan Template

Learning to Brush the Ball By Using a Stick Above the Net

Building Blocks of Table Tennis