Mixed results against different levels

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 4 years ago

Michael Song

Michael Song Asked 4 years ago

Hi coach,

I participated in a competition today.. with mixed results.  Winning only two matches, the results landed on the disappointing side as well.  However, my results were also incredibly confusing, and I have no idea what to make of them.

Here in the US, we have a rating system (higher you are, the better you are, in most cases).  My rating at the moment is 1289.  I would lose terribly, 3-0, against a 1600 players, along the score lines of 11-4, 11-6, 11-8.  However, playing against a 2200 player (considered to be a semi pro in the US), I felt so much more confortable, and lost in 3-2, all close games.  The 2200 player has much better form than the 1600, topspins well, excellent serves, fast paced rallier.  The 1600 is the complete opposite.  However, how does it make sense that I compete better with the higher rated player and lose so poorly to the lower rated one? Is there any way that u can overcome this? I seriously do not see any explanation that makes sense.  Thanks for your time!


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 4 years ago

Hi Michael,

It sounds like it is a matter of styles.  You probably play a lot with faster paced players so you are used to that type of ball whereas you may not be as comfortable against the different style of the lower ranked player.

In training try to find some different style of players to play with.


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