Stiffness after two consecutive forehands

Table Tennis Mental Preparation

Last updated 5 years ago

pratik chowdhury

pratik chowdhury Asked 5 years ago


I am playing tabletennis for 4 years and I am very enthusiastic about this sport.But in the game after hitting 2 consecutive forehand smashes my shoulder sort of freezes. For that I cannot perform well in high level matches...I shall be obliged if you suggest me how to fix this issue.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 years ago

Hi Pratik,

This is tension that is developing in your shoulder.  It is often the first place that tension shows in a player.

In training practice hitting these shots and keeping the shoulder relaxed through the stroke.  The tension mainly develops because you are worried about if the ball is going to land on the table or not and whether you will win the point. Focus on hitting the stroke smoothly first rather than trying to get the ball on the table.  This will help.

Another technique that I have found that helps is to count each time you hit the ball.  However instead of counting 1, 2, 3... count 1, 1, 1... Each ball is the same not an accumulation of shots.

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