Show #336 - Bat, Paddle, Racket, or Racquet

3 years ago

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In this show we have all our regular segments plus we discuss in depth 5 of your questions. One of them leads us to discuss what is the correct term for the thing you hit the ball with. Enjoy the show.

Push With Less Backspin

Ardak - Sometimes my opponents return pushes with less backspin to confuse me. I feel there are still some backspins in such returns. So I return them by push or do topspin against backspin. If I push such ball it will be easy to answer by loop. If I do topspin then ball often goes off the table. What do you suggest?


Dai - Can you give me some irrregular drills and regular & freeplay drills.


Jason - I struggle winning when it’s 10-10 or a deuce. It pressures me too much and I don’t know how to win a deuce. Is there any idea to help me?

Paddle Maintenance

Nancy - Maybe you’ve already covered this somewhere, but I’m wondering about paddle maintenance— do you use any special cleaner, and is it true you should replace the rubbers twice a year? Any other tips?


Jason - When I watch table tennis, I see a lot of table tennis tennis players grunting during the contact point like Dimitrij, grunt like OO AHH. I heard it make your stroke more lifestyle with the inhale and it gives a certain breathing pattern. Is this true?

Links in the Episode

Free Downloads Page

PingSkills Drills PDF

How Often To Clean Your Rubber

Sports Psychology Tutorials

Push Variation

Topspin Against Various Spins and Lengths