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Table Tennis Training and Drills

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Derek Tun

Derek Tun Asked 12 years ago

Hey,

I train once a week, for one hour with Brian Berry and play 2 pennants. So basically my question is, whether or not i will be able to become better in a fast time. I started only a year ago and i am beginning to think that i may have started late which will take me longer to become better.


Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb Answered 12 years ago

Hi D.T.

I started playing Table Tennis at a club when I was 12 years old which a lot of people consider starting late. I don't think that age is a problem when trying to improve. It really comes down to practice and competition.

The main thing is to play as much as possible on a consistent basis ensuring you still enjoy the challenge of improving.

Have a read of a blog Alois wrote recently called Trainings' Critical Factors. It discusses how you need a focus for your training sessions, how consistency is important and how much training you should do. 


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bertus bertus

bertus bertus Posted 9 years ago

When I started playing TT almost 7 years ago the road to improve was very clear to me. Learn to push, drive, block, topspin, serve and footwork. Nowdays most of these strokes I can do fearly consistent, so I start to think about my next steps to improve...
But what's there to improve? Any tips?

Thx in advance!


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Hi Bertus,

You can think about placement, spin variation and improving serves and return of serve.  There is so much out there.  Think also about your matches and how you are winning and losing points.  See if you can develop those strengths and plug up the weaknesses.


Soham Kulkarni

Soham Kulkarni Posted 9 years ago

nicely structured plan bertus .(Y)


bertus bertus

bertus bertus Posted 9 years ago

Hi Alois,

Thx for your insight on this.

I have been thinking about what mistakes I make the most in matches and I think my serve return and BH topspin are my greatest weaknesses. I will train to tackle those problems and also learn spin variation and improved placement.

But what can be done about mental issues? For some reason I always start the match nervously, the feeling of being afraid of failure is still with me... Howerver, it's a lot less compared to when I started to play TT. I viewed a earlyer post about breathing techniques but it doesn't make that nervous feeling go away... :(

Anyway, thx for the quick reply!


bertus bertus

bertus bertus Posted 9 years ago

@Soham

Thanks


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Mental preparation is a big area of the game and one we will try to tackle more fully.  The breathing technique is a simple solution to a big area.


Soham Kulkarni

Soham Kulkarni Posted 9 years ago

Whenever i am in a tense situation and the breathing technique just doesn't calm me or lift me up , i often smile and take a second or two to visualise any stunner shot you ever played or a hard fought match . What i have experienced is when you have such good feelings while playing , it lifts you out of the tense situation, and helps you get positve about the match.



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