Improving anticipation

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 11 years ago

Thomas McCann

Thomas McCann Asked 11 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 11 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 11 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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