Reaction speed

Table Tennis Mental Preparation

Last updated 9 years ago

Wasiq Khawar

Wasiq Khawar Asked 9 years ago

Sometimes when I'm playing with one of my friends they hit fairly fast and I have a problem reacting and returning the ball. Is there any way to improve my reaction speed?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Wasiq,

The most important thing here is to be able to watch the ball really well.  The better you track the ball the more time you will give yourself to react to the ball.

Just playing more often against faster balls will also help you.  Your body gets more used to tracking the ball better and quicker.

Take a look at this previous question I found by searching for "reaction" at the top of the Ask the Coach page.  

Improving my nerve reaction

There are also a lot more answers that you can look through.


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Cristh Garrido

Cristh Garrido Posted 9 years ago

Hi Alois...do you have any advice to improve this skill, i really want better in this aspect because i loose a lot of points in this situations...Please Help

Thanks


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Take a look through what I have said above and the other link in the answer.   Basically "Watch the ball".


Cristh Garrido

Cristh Garrido Posted 9 years ago

yeah Alois i understand the concept, but put on in practice is difficult to me...for this reason i want to know how i can practice the ''Watch the ball'' if i am not playing matches...

Thanks


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

During your training set yourself a goal of tracking the ball for a period of 1 minute.  Then you can extend your time.  If you want you can colour the ball with something to help you to track it.

If you are interested enough in something then you will be able to hold your concentration for longer.

You can do this with any drill that you are practicing.  It is just where you have your focus.


Cristh Garrido

Cristh Garrido Posted 9 years ago

Thanks a lot Alois

 


Erriza Shalahuddin

Erriza Shalahuddin Posted 9 years ago

I think this is why keeping your distance from the table is important. Somewhere between 1-2 feet from endline is ideal for me, because I have a little more time to react and still allow myself to reach the short ball. Anything closer or further, well.... good luck.



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