Handicap match

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Last updated 9 years ago

Aasim Showkat

Aasim Showkat Asked 9 years ago

Hi jeff,

i was listening to your interview with prime time pingpong, you were talking about some handicap tournament. What is that?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Aasim,

A Handicap tournament is a match format that has players starting on different scores.  For example, if you are a lot better than your opponent you would start on a lower score than them.  It is just a way to get more even finishes to matches between unevenly matched opponents.  It makes the better player try a bit harder as well.


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Aasim Showkat

Aasim Showkat Posted 9 years ago

Well...that's interesting. I will try it


ker Gordon

ker Gordon Posted 9 years ago

Hi regarding the handicap cup i have a question 

How do i prepare myself mentally  when my opponent starts at  +17 and i am -3 (2 games up to 21, 5 serves each) i really dont have any room for errors 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Hi Ker,

I think it teaches you to be more conservative and consistent.  You can't afford to make simple mistakes in this situation so you need to put more balls on the table.  If you are that much better than your opponent they will probably find it difficult to match it with you with consistency.



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