Footwork and Concentration

Table Tennis Mental Preparation

Last updated 10 years ago

Daniel Gandelman

Daniel Gandelman Asked 10 years ago

Hi Alois,

Lately I have found a problem with my footwork.The problem is during the rally I suddenly stop the footwork .  I don't know why but I just do.  What reason it might have?  And what can I do to fix it? 

Another thing that bothers me is, I can't be very serious.  To give an example:I had a tournament (local not something very serious) a week ago or two,and I wasn't able to play so hard.

I took 2nd place instead of 1st, even though I knew I was able to win the tournament.

How can I improve this flaw,and where does it come from?



Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi Daniel,

Firstly with the footwork problem.  Sometimes this can be because you stop to watch what is happening during the rally rather than moving to the next ball.  For example if you hit a shot and you aren't sure if it is going on, you stop to check.  Try to maintain concentration during the rally.

As far as your concentration during a tournament you need to set your goals before a tournament.  Then you will have a focus on what you want to achieve.  Another thing to consider is that if you get nervous one of the ways this plays out in some players is that they become lethargic which feels like you are not trying.  It could be this as well.

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