Solo practice, shadow or robot

Table Tennis Training and Drills

Last updated 6 years ago

Tony Dixon

Tony Dixon Asked 6 years ago


Larry Hodges [National US Coach] attributes his rapid rise largely to extensive Shadow Practice [waving the bat around without distraction of a ball].

I have a TT robot.  I take Alois's point that robot's weakness is in the lack of feedback from your own shot - but it is good for grooving strokes, increasing reaction speed etc.

My question is:

Which sort of practice is more valuable - Robot or Shadow?  


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Tony,

I would say the robot because you are getting more sensations.  You are getting the feel of the ball on the bat as well as watching the ball in and out of the bat.

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Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

That doesn't mean shadow practice isn't effective. If you haven't got a partner or a robot then shadow practice certainly is helpful.

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