Improving anticipation

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 9 years ago

Thomas McCann

Thomas McCann Asked 9 years ago

I have a robot and only play matches once a week. How could i practice watching the ball closely to improve my anticipation


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Thomas,

You could put the robot on to randomly oscillate.  Then get them ball to feed out at a slow rate to start with and slowly increase the speed.

This isn't ideal but it is as good as you can get with a robot.  It isn't ideal because you are watching the head of the robot for cues as to where the ball is going.  In a real match situation you are picking up on cues of your opponents body to work out the direction.

Give it a go though and see if your anticipation gets better in a match. 

In the match situations you need to ficus on the ball as closely as you can.  This will give you a better chance to see the ball early and recognise cues. 


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usman rauf

usman rauf Posted 9 years ago

well thomas....i m nt much of a professional,though.....bt stil its my xperienc tht u hv stik ur eyes to th ball n bat of th oponent!!! furthr more u hv to get acquaintd wth comon shots in tbl tenis....tht requires practis....bt still vl help u in enhancin ur anticipation....hop it helps...


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