How do I play effortlessly

Table Tennis Mental Preparation

Last updated 9 years ago

Xavier Tipene

Xavier Tipene Asked 9 years ago

Hi guys im having trouble with using to much in every shot i play it's good for about two games then fatigue kicks in and i start to lose, i tend to over use my power all the time, i don't know how to play loose, i see kids play or real good players they make things look effortless, i want to know how do they do that? and because i try and hit every ball, i feel let down if i miss one, and it tends to build up in me, making my next shot even with more power but no accuracy....can you help me please?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Xavier,

Often when you try too hard you tighten up.  You will find that your arm will move fastest when you are relaxed.  As soon as you feel yourself tightening up, focus on the area that you feel is tight.  Just for a second think about keeping that loose. The first muscle that usually tightens is the shoulder.

WHen you tighten up your muscle s don't fire in the natural way and you are then almost fighting against them to make the stroke happen.  In training, start by playing your strokes slowly.   WHile doing the stroke really focus on the tension and relaxation in your arm and body.  As you start to speed up the stroke, feel which muscles are trying to hard and turn them off.

See how this works for you.

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Xavier Tipene

Xavier Tipene Posted 9 years ago

Man it's changed my game i've got so much time i see everything different you guys rock i just have to keep practicing it to make it habit.....

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

That is so good to hear.  Well done.  Yes, keep practicing this to make it natural.

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