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Tri Tran

Tri Tran Asked 9 years ago

Hi coach, my name is Tri tran, I play table tennis as good as 1800 level in US. I have a robot at home . It can shoots topspin, downspin and sidespin. I would like to practice on topspin and downspin but the balls shoots out are not really true.

There are so strong on downspin. The robot makes the balls stayed on the air and return back. It make me lot my timing when I played with a real player. What is your recommendation?

How can I use this robot to make it work like real balls. Thank you very much for your help Sincerely Tri

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Tri,

Does your robot have a setting that can change the amount of spin you put on the ball?  CHeck the manual of the robot to see if you can make some alterations.  Each robot is different.  If you let me know the type of robot it is, then other readers may be able to help you with this.

If not then you will just have to use what it has.  It is a limitation of the robot but if that is your only option for training then you need to use it the best you can.

The timing does not need to change of hitting against extreme spin, you need to brush the ball more and have a more vertical stroke to lift the ball.  You can then also use the speed of your racket to lift the ball.  The faster the swing comes through the more lift you will get.

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Tri Tran

Tri Tran Posted 9 years ago

I got your point. Thanks. But I'm still confuse that. If you open more angle on your racket and more vertical to lift a extremely downspin shooting out by a machine and you get use to it. So you will miss the balls when you play with person because normally they don't sent the balls with that much heavy. Am I right? If wrong, please explain. Thank you very much

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

You are right, it will take some adjustment.  That is the limitation of the robot.  One of the reasons most good players don't use robots for training.

Huy Truong

Huy Truong Posted 9 years ago

The robot should have speed setting and speed feeding the ball to you. If you change the speed of the ball slower, it should allow the robot to shoot less spin on the ball.

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