Show #314 - Improve Your Reaction Time

4 months ago


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Do you want to know how to improve your reaction time? We answer that question and more in this week's podcast. Enjoy!

Joke of the Week - 0:55

What is red and bad for your teeth?

On This Week - 1:47

Lots of birthdays and the passing of Dragutin Surbek

Tournament Wrap - 7:58

We discuss the Korean and Australian Opens

Are Harimoto's Celebrations Excessive? - 10:10

After releasing our "How to celebrate like Harimoto" video we've had lots of comments on both sides of the fence as to whether this is good for the game. It certainly is an interesting debate.

Tip and Drill of the Week - 14:00

Watch the top players and focus on a particular aspect of their game.

Improve Reaction Time - 19:00

Rayan: When I play against my father, he sometimes hits way to fast for me to react and he gets many points because of that when I play with him. How can I improve my reaction time so that I can tell where he is going to hit so I can counter back?

How To Play a Weaker Ball - 22:33

Radim: Hi guys, first off awesome website and Youtube channel, I love it :-) I'd like to ask, I have been playing for 4 years now every week 2v2's, but these guys never bothered to learn any techniques. So I often end up in a bit awkward situations I have not seen played by pros and I would like to know how to play them. Typically they often don't hit the ball fast when they have the chance. Lets say my partner plays a chop 4-5 steps behind a table. The chop lands high on opponent side, I expect a smash, so I step back about as far as he did. But they don't smash, they do a normal sort of counterhit and it is a slow ball. Kind of like a lob situation, but it doesn't bounce twice on the table. It bounces once and then goes below table level quickly (because slow ball). Also the ball doesn't have a lot of spin. If I run up to it to play a topspin, it usually ends up in the net and is not consistent (I miss 3-4 / 5 shots). I haven't played enough training shots to be comfortable with fast unexpected movement + correct shot. Which strokes can be played in this situation (unexpected move forward toward slow low-spin ball) and which one would have highest consistency? On top level would such a ball be always attacked? I can always just hit the ball somehow, but I tend to send it too high on opponent side or to the net if I attempt for lower ball.

Shadow Play - 25:14

Yogesh: My son (8yrs) and daughter(5 yrs)  are just beginner and started learning the game but what I see that they lack movements and need your guidance for them to do shadows with  movements.

Changing Rubber - 28:47

Kabeer: Hi Alois, I am currently using a Donic Acuda S2 and want to know how often to change my rubbers. Do you have any advice?

Links in this Episode

Purchase Australian Open Tickets

Improving Your Reflexes

I Can't Return That Smash!

Shadow Drills

Increase Rubber Grip