Before rally touching the table

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Gart Bishop

Gart Bishop Asked 5 months ago

I’ve been watching numerous matches online, and notice that many players often rub or pat the table, usually near the net, before the rally begins. Is this just a calming procedure?  Similarly some (most?) dribble the ball before they serve.  Are these good procedures to use?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 months ago

Hi Gart,

It is just part of a lot of players pre point routines.  

Wiping the hand on the table does wipe the sweat from their hands prior to the point.  Currently this is illegal with COVID protocols so you will find that players are not allowed to do it at the moment.

The dribbling the ball not he table is also just part of their routine and something that some players like to do.

Routines are good to use so that you feel comfortable before you serve or receive.  They help to calm you before the point as your body is feeling something very familiar.


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Gart Bishop

Gart Bishop Posted 5 months ago

Thank you for your reply.  Appreciate it. 

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