Linking my training to my game

Table Tennis Training and Drills

Last updated 8 years ago

Carl Hughes

Carl Hughes Asked 8 years ago

Hi coach,

I'm always told by my trainers and coaches that I need to "link my training to my matches" and apply everything I learn.

This makes me confused because obviously if I train on my forehand topspin, it's simply going to be better in matches, and whenever my technique improves, it's also going to improve in matches.

So what does it actually mean to apply your training to your matches?

Thank you,

Carl H. 

P.S: Yes, I do also train for set-ups for 3rd or 5th ball attacks, and also most aspects in a game such as short receiving and counterlooping and so on.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Carl,

I think what they mean is to make sure that your training is like your match play.  If you are working on 3rd and 5th balls and also serve and return then I think you are covering this area of your game play.

Then it is also a matter of utilising those things when you get into a match situation.  Some players might hit good forehands in a training situation, but when it gets to a game will not utilise the stroke when they get the opportunity.

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Carl Hughes

Carl Hughes Posted 8 years ago

Hi coach,

Actually now that I think about it, this is pretty true.

I just noticed, for example, I sometimes actually fear counterlooping and end up either chopping it or giving my opponent an easy opportunity to smash the ball.

Thank you so much for your reply,

Carl H.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Pleasure Carl.  Hope it helps you in your games.

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