Improving rally game

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Adam Lee

Adam Lee Asked 4 years ago

Hello pingskills,

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I'm a player with very good third ball attacks. But when it comes to rallying, I'm horrible at it, especially when the ball is coming back and forth and a high speed. I just can't keep the ball onto the table for more than two strokes. I'm curious why. I can hit 100 forehand and backhand counterhits in a row without problem. I can also hit topspins consistently even if the ball is placed randomly onto the table. But it just does not work out in a real competition. My forehand topspin and backhand counter hits never reaches the consistency I can usually play. I need to slowly forehand topspin down to a very low quality stroke before I can keep it onto the table.

Can you help me by explaining my problems and suggesting some practice drills. I look forward to hear from the best online coaches.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 4 years ago

HI Adam,

Glad you are enjoying the site.

I think the main thing will be that in a tournament you are a little tighter or the ball is coming a little faster.  Try to maintain the focus on the ball in a match and initially don't try to hit the ball too hard.  As you get more comfortable with the speed, you will be able to hit the ball faster as well.

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Adam Lee

Adam Lee Posted 4 years ago

Thx coach. You are completely right. I do tensed up a lot in a tournament. But the thing is my usual stroke is already tight. I've been trying to relax my strokes for years and only started to be a little bit more relaxed. The speed is another Factor affecting me to be tensed. Also I prefer the ball coming to me at a slower speed. Then only I can do my strokes comfortably. When the opponent hits the ball faster, I will be in a lot of trouble because I won't be able to keep up with the ball and start to make errors


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

Try to find some training partners that can hit the ball to you faster.  This will start to get you more used to the speed.  Then you will stay relaxed as the faster ball is coming in to you.

Adam Lee

Adam Lee Posted 4 years ago

Thx alois,I will practice it.

eugene lu

eugene lu Posted 4 years ago

Hi alois,

I did what you said to not hit the ball too hard and it worked. During the fast multi ball switching drill, I managed to get a lot of balls on the table. Started quite roughly but managed to cope with it. However, my topspin has the quality of the counter hit and I'm still doing it uncomfortably.

I did the same thing in a training match and I'm able to use placement very well. But same story here, topspin stroke with counter hit quality


Adam Lee

Adam Lee Posted 4 years ago

I think you have quite well to improve Eugene. I'm also on the way up after alois told me to slow the ball down. I'm getting more balls on the table at a low quality but I guess this is part of the process. The biggest problem for me now is that I'm still very tensed when doing it at a high speed. 

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