Increasing arm strength

Table Tennis Training and Drills

Last updated 9 years ago

Deepa Bhujbal

Deepa Bhujbal Asked 9 years ago

Hi Alois

This yr's season is over. i want to increase my arm strength, i want to improve my fitness more and more. so coming to increasing the arm strength........  .i can't lift weights due to a spinal problem . i do skipping . i mean i like it. but i want to train and increase my arm strength. i practise my serves everyday. i do shadow practice. can u tell a few exercises that can help me increase my arm strength?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Deepa,

In this situation it is always best to go to a professional. Try to join a gym and get some proper advice.

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printhan thavam

printhan thavam Posted 9 years ago

how to return a smash which has a spin 

printhan thavam

printhan thavam Posted 9 years ago

can you put this in youtube plzzzzz

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Hi Printhan,

Generally when someone hits the ball hard with spin we call this a topspin and not a smash. A good way to return a topspin is to use the block.


D K Posted 9 years ago

When we are talking about catching smashes-today I have played a match with a 11-year old child,But I was devastated.

He is unable to do any real attacking stroke,he just uses a stroke (something between lift and counterhit,it is slow,with very little spin,but still too strong for a push and too low and short for attacking) or he pushes.

He was very vulnerable against my sidespin topspin serve,so he always returned about 40-50 centimetres high ball.

But when I smashed it,I was almost never successful.

I deliberately counted my smashes

I did 22 smashes
One of them was successful
3 of them were into the net
the other 18 smashes he catched standing closely at the table and returned it exactly under my elbow
So I tried to use a loop,because he did not play a long ball which I can chop.

But he always blocked it in the same manner.
Any advice how to deal with it?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

First think about you stroke.  Learn it as we have shown in our lesson on the Forehand Smash.  Then maybe you need to think more about placement of your smash.  Even if it is a little slower, try to catch him where he is not expecting the ball.


D K Posted 9 years ago

I am not sure how shall I understand your last sentence

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