Improving reach

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Last updated 7 years ago


D K Asked 7 years ago

Hi PingSkills Team

I have again watched the videos of matches of Koji Matsushita,my main idol,and I have noticed that he often goes for seemingly surely lost balls.

Do you have any idea how can he do it?

I know that it is the matter of his immense physical condition,but....I am not sure if you will understand what I am talking about.

For example younger defenders simply let the ball go when they see that it is too far from them.

Matsushita no.

He fearlessly go for every ball.

Is it something that can be learned or...where is the difference?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi DK,

Yes, going for everything is something that you can learn in training.  I remember when I trained in Japan as a youngster, the biggest shame was if you let the ball go past you without touching it.  It is probably just a mindset that is reinforced from an early age.

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D K Posted 7 years ago

And can you tell me how can I train it?

With this,my shots will be twice as successful.

And also-I have seen your video for defensive footwork and compared it to Matsushita's footwork.

But I have not seen a lot of shuffling.

He is mostly going out of conventions of the usual movement and seems much more effective,seems faster,more precise,able to defend from any position.

So is really so important to hold on using only the strict movement pattern?
(This is the main differenc between Joo Sae Hyuk and Koji Matsushita.
And although Joo is more powerful as a player with more powerful offensive mode,in terms of pure defense,Matsushita covers much larger space than Joo in his prime despite being 13 years older.
He is a pure defender)

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

Train it with multi-ball.  Get someone to play balls very wide and really test you out.


D K Posted 7 years ago

OK,I will try it.

It is a pity that I cannot make a one-and-a-half table (one half of the table attached to two halves of another table put side by side) like this:



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