Wrist on counterhit

Table Tennis Training and Drills

Last updated 8 years ago

Nathan S

Nathan S Asked 8 years ago

Hi pingskills, I've been training for 2 years and I am now able to do 100 counterhits before practice, but recently I've started playing drums and I have a problem getting my counterhit wrist and feeling back, my balls are starting to either fly or hit the net, contact doesn't hit my racket sweet spot and my wrist doesn't feel steady. Is there a way or any special equipment that can help me play table tennis like how I used to while playing drums?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Nathan,

I don’t think it is about finding some special tools.  I think just keep spending time to allow yourself to adjust.  It will not take long. It may just be that your wrists are a little more tired.

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Marcin Lonak

Marcin Lonak Posted 8 years ago


Im a professional Drummer and i have a similar issue. I´m also not very experienced at TT so i can just talk about my feeling. I think the looseness of my wrist will pay off later.  Until then i dont want to focus on Speed of a basic Stroke. I just want to do the Strokes slowly and consistently. Loosenes ist the soil of controll. on Stiffness you just build up more stiffness. Or in other words, to build up more controll you have to loose some of your Stiffnes.

There is also another Issue with Drums against TT. Usually the "right" thing to do on Drums is have the Arm from Shoulders to the Ellbows really loose alowing the Gravity do the work. You need to activate the Shoulder and Ellbow just for Power and just if you have enough time, that means in slow tempos while playing loud.

My Trainer in TT here in Berlin forces me to keep my ellbow in front of me. For the BH side its absolutely convincing and natural to do it for me, but he wants it that i keep it for the FH side too. It feels totally unnatural for me. Actually i would like to have a comment from Alois to it.

From what i observed, in watching great Players, many dont do the elbow in front of them while playing FH including Alois, Waldner, Ma Long and many other Chinese shakehand players. I just observed it actually sometimes in players like Timo Boll and Jörg Rosskopf. Insted i see Activating more the Waist, wich feels for memor natural move for the FH. Does the trainer, who is German, try to force it on me because its some thing from the "German School"?




Marcin Lonak

Marcin Lonak Posted 8 years ago

i Think in most aspects mastering a Music Instrumen and TT really complement each other

Nathan S

Nathan S Posted 8 years ago

Thanks for the help...

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