Tall players

Table Tennis Discussion

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Ernestas Unknown

Ernestas Unknown Asked 12 years ago

Hi, is it true that for tall players is harder to play table tennis than small players (china, etc) ? If its true then why ?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 12 years ago

Hi Ernestas,

Tall players have advantages as well in Table Tennis. They have better reach.

There have been tall World champions like Jorgen Persson.  So it si possible to become very good if you are tall.  There is also Vladimir Samsonov who is a highly ranked player.


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dennis Unknown

dennis Unknown Posted 12 years ago

Glenn Tepper is another one 

Ji-Soo Woo

Ji-Soo Woo Posted 12 years ago

Not to mention Wang Liqin, multiple world champion.  At a more local level, some of the toughest people to play against at my club are those long lankey players with long arms that seem to chase down any ball.

Anibal Jose

Anibal Jose Posted 11 years ago

the only problem for me being 6'2'' table tennis player is having to crouch. i have the habit to stand tall and end up over shooting the ball. 

Ji-Soo Woo

Ji-Soo Woo Posted 11 years ago

even us shorter players have the same problem!

Anibal Jose

Anibal Jose Posted 11 years ago

Yea but we tall players have to crouch way more and it affects my mobility a little, and can tire me faster in a match

gian crispino

gian crispino Posted 11 years ago

its easier to serve for tall players right?

Anibal Jose

Anibal Jose Posted 11 years ago

not really, its the same. i crouch when i serve so my hight dose not effect my serve 

gian crispino

gian crispino Posted 11 years ago

tall players can have a very fatal forehand. look at wang liqin and samsonov

Anibal Jose

Anibal Jose Posted 11 years ago

yea, and i have a fatal back hand haha. not so good forhand

jawad bhutta

jawad bhutta Posted 8 years ago

I am 6' 1" tall. i want to know if there is any change in technique regarding angle of bat and follow through of the shot for tall player.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Hi Jawad,

No there is no real difference.  You will notice that the really good tall players bend their legs really well to get low.



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