Serving rituals and experience

Table Tennis Mental Preparation

Last updated 9 years ago

mat huang

mat huang Asked 9 years ago

Hi Alois

I have recently versed a junior- 10 years old approx. from Victoria. I eventually won but I find 2 things he did very well.

Firstly, when ever he lost a easy point, he nevered shouted, cursed or show any signs of misbehaviour.  It also didn't effect his game.  People say this is experience and the more you play you get used to it. But on the other hand, this guy was only 10 and probably played only 1-2 years of competition and he had better psychology than people playing for years. 

Secondly, he always does this "ritual" when he is serving or receiving. He says "CHO CHO" and bounces the ball on the table or bounce on his legs when receiving.

My questions are

1)Is psychology experience, or because of other matter?

2) Are these"rituals" actually help you and which ones do you prefer doing and recommend


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Mat,

Firstly it sounds like he has an old head on young shoulders.

Being able to play the next point well and consistently is something that a lot of players do take a long time to develop.  The ritual is certainly something that I recommend.  What the ritual is, doesn't really matter too much but it is about getting the body to feel comfortable and familiar with what it is doing even in a stressful situation.

I like the ritual of: a breath, focus on tactics, focus on the ball and then play the point.


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mat huang

mat huang Posted 9 years ago

Great thanks

Arnab Ghosh

Arnab Ghosh Posted 9 years ago


I've seen some players actually utter the things they should be doing like they are commanding themselves out loud. Like "Watch the ball", "Focus", etc..

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

I worry when they talk to themselves.  Who are they really talking to?

Arnab Ghosh

Arnab Ghosh Posted 9 years ago

Its audible self motivation, kind of. Willing themselves to play better.

mat huang

mat huang Posted 9 years ago

Isnt that self talk?

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