Table Tennis Training and Drills

Last updated 7 years ago

Dakota Castleberg

Dakota Castleberg Asked 7 years ago

Hey Alois/Jeff,

First off, I would like to say that I have watched a substantial portion of your videos and have attempted to incorporate them into my game to the best of my ability.

At this point, I am the best out of my group of friends I play with, including other players I have played matches with that go to my university. I have all the basic strokes down and am in the process of attaining better form and footwork which I have recently discovered how much footwork and being in position can effect quality and consistency of play.

Unfortunately, as other posts have covered, I'm at a crossroad with how to improve my game, seeing as I don't have people better than me to play against. I do have a solid supply of balls, no robot, and no one who really wants to put in the time to practice instead of playing matches. At the moment, my attempt to improve my game consists of trying to practice mid-game with my buddies. It has helped slightly, but without being able to purposely repeat the same stroke multiple times, its hard to make legitimate stroke improvement regarding placement and speed. 

I am curious if you think trying to attain better form in the middle of games is worth the effort, or if I should stick with certain drills that I can practice on my own. We play on an old conversion top, and there isn't a solid wall surface to hit rallies with.

Thanks in advance, and I appreciate all of the videos you and Jeff make for PingSkills, as well as taking the time to answer questions on your site.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Dakota,

I am glad that you are enjoying the videos.

I think your best option for training is to utilise the game time to work on the areas of your game that you can.  It is difficult to gain steps forward without hitting with other players.

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