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I start by winning a set or two then I lose the match.
The opponent often "does not play" and I am making all the mistakes. Once they send me "flat balls", I haven't more control. I like to do topspin but I can not do it as soon as the balls have no spin. If I hit the balls flat they go out. If I am not attacking, I push the ball and it goes up. How to play against flat balls?
Yesterday I played against a big player (more than 220 pounds). He had an anti-top and not moving. He did not attack either. He played quietly, close to the table and did not know anything technically (Just push with his "anti-top" or the other side). But I lost. I tried to play flat, I have advanced, retreated, zero. What to do against these players?
After I get very nervous. All the techniques I use to do nothing.
Thank you in advance for your help.
It sounds like youare getting anxious during your matches.
The key is to stay calm and focus on what tactics you are trying to employ. If you have these clear in your mind, then it makes it easier in these situations.
Against Anti-spin players you need to remember that they rely on the spin that you give them. If you can give them a heavy backspin ball they will return it with some topspin on the ball which will be easier to attack.
To attack a no spin floating ball, you need to come forward on your stroke. The no spin ball tends to stop on the table so its flight path is very up and down. You need to go and meet the ball. So, make your stroke more horizontal and really work forward into the ball. You don't need to go up as there is no backspin on the ball.
Keep working hard in these matches and try to learn each time you make a mistake. It is easy to get frustrated, but when you do it is harder to learn and watch objectively what is happening.
Good luck with it. Stay calm.
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