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I have been analysing J.O. Waldner's playing style recently and I have been noticing that he wasn't as fast nor as agile (but still fast, nevertheless) as his opponents, especially the Chinese, who were able to manoeuvre so well around the table. What is in Waldner that allows him to control the ball so well and win so many critical points which were favoured to his opponents?
I think he has an incredible ability to read the ball early and see what is happening. This allows him to get into position even if it doesn't look like he is moving as fast as others.
He also has very good touch and ability with his strokes. It is interesting to note that when he was young he was the hardest trainer and on the table at every opportunity. This sort of ability doesn't just come to anyone.
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