Being a sparring partner

Table Tennis Training and Drills

Last updated 7 years ago

Dieter Verhofstadt

Dieter Verhofstadt Asked 7 years ago

Hi coaches,

I don't have a question really but want to share an observation. As you may know I'm trying to maximize practice while most club players want to play matches. When I find a sparring partner to give me some practice, I usually return the favor so that we end up being a sparring partner half of the time.

It's not a surprise perhaps that you learn probably just as much by helping out someone else as when doing your own drills. For example, during a drill where I was returning serves for my partner to open up, I found myself stepping in for the push and then step out to receive the loop, systematically. Although I didn't mean to train for that, this good habit came about naturally.

So here's my message: be generous to serve as a sparring partner. You'll learn just as much.

What's your experience with being a sparring partner?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Dieter,

This is a very good message.  It works really well and you can learn a lot during the time that it is your partner’s time to do their drill.  Blocking is something that really benefits from this as well as pushing as you said.

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Ilia Minkin

Ilia Minkin Posted 7 years ago

I really enjoy being on the defensive side when doing 3rd ball attacks. Playing them a lot improved my fast long push a lot!

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