How to improve your reflexes

Table Tennis Training and Drills

Last updated 9 years ago

Deepa Bhujbal

Deepa Bhujbal Asked 9 years ago

Hello sir,

My problem is that my reflexes are a bit weak. Please tell some technique so that I can improve my reflexes. 

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb Answered 9 years ago

Hi Deepa,

People think that anyone good at table tennis must have extremely good reflexes. That is not always the case. Good players seem to be always ready for the ball but this is because they literally have more time than lesser players. They have more time because the see where the ball is going earlier.

If you want to improve how quickly you react to a ball, don't work on your reflexes, work on watching the ball more closely. I mean put all your attention on the ball. Even though you are watching the ball, you will pick up signals with your peripheral vision on what your opponent is doing. As you get better these signals will help you pick up where the ball is going earlier and it will seem to everyone that you have faster reflexes!

Our video an Anticipation talks about this topic.

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