Not getting bored while slow practice

Table Tennis Training and Drills

Last updated 7 years ago

Pasquale Mule

Pasquale Mule Asked 7 years ago

Hi Alois,

I have been practicing my slow topspin and i found a way to not get bored, and i was wondering if i do 10000 slow forehand topspin's in a week or more, or a bit less can make my stroke consistent enough to start generating speed? Could this be okay to practice with? and if its ok can i do less or you suggest more? Also could this be good on my backhand topspin as well?

Thanks for reading!


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Pasquale,

That is a really good idea.  It will give you something to aim towards for the week.  You certainly could do this for the backhand as well.  You can do it with anything you want to focus on.

Let me know how it goes.


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Pasquale Mule

Pasquale Mule Posted 7 years ago

Hi Alois, the first day was today and I have mastered 1004 balls, the stroke is not completely consistent but i had a lot of confidence so i have played with an opponent and i tried to maximize the speed of the stroke (I Know i shouldn't of had done that but its to see how i go) but it didn't go so well, some balls didn't dip fast, some didn't have topspin, some went too forward, but i realized i wasn't doing the same movement, and i was doing multiball by my self which the ball didn't have forward momentum coming to me and i was just focusing on counting how many balls got on the table. So i will keep doing this practice if you think its a good idea, but how can i focus on making the same type of movement without changing? because while i was playing with the opponent some movement weren't the same, well most of them, and i don't have the confidence of doing the same thing, how can focus making the same movement?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

Hi Pasquale,

This is something that will come with more practice.  Keep going.  You have done well to do the 1000 balls already.  Well done.


Pasquale Mule

Pasquale Mule Posted 7 years ago

do you think I should do more than 10000 balls? or that's enough?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

See how you feel when you get to 10,000.


Pasquale Mule

Pasquale Mule Posted 7 years ago

Hi Alois, stroke is getting better slowly but I want to know, is it important that your start position starts around knee height or between your hip and knee? because I feel more comfortable starting in hip height? can I start to hip height?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

Hi Pasquale,

Starting a little higher is OK if it feels right and the stroke is consistent.


Pasquale Mule

Pasquale Mule Posted 7 years ago

Hi Alois, very important question:

Does my stroke really need to be a 90 degree angle upward? because if I do that, my stroke does not get above my head or eyebrow, is it ok if I bend my arm until following through? but the 90 degree under arm I can actually do that on the stroke, what should I do?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

The stroke doesn’t have to go vertical upwards.  You can bend your arm during the stroke. The more movement you get at the elbow the faster the bat will move.


Pasquale Mule

Pasquale Mule Posted 7 years ago

Hi Alois, When I do my stroke, should the bat face the ball when brushing the ball on contact on my stroke, because I get confused with your stroke and Jeff's, example: when I see Jeff hitting and brushing the ball on his forehand topspin stroke, he has his bat hitting forward and upward contacting the ball straight, except when I see you doing the stroke, your brushing it upwards but on the side when your getting to the finish position, which way do you think I should stick with? I Also feel more comfortable with the movement your doing. And if I do Jeffs way I have to turn a lot my waist. Thanks!


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

Hi Pasquale,

You should brush the back of the ball directly.


Pasquale Mule

Pasquale Mule Posted 7 years ago

You mean not on the side but behind it?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

Yes that is right.



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