Often times, table tennis players will wrongly associate ratings with skills. Just because an opponent has a certain rating doesn’t necessarily mean that your opponent can or cannot do certain skills. For example… I asked my 1800-rated student why he wasn’t attacking his (2100-rated) opponent’s half-long serve. My student responded by saying that because his opponent was rated 2100, he assumed that all his serves were short.
The introduction of the new plastic “Poly Ball” for table tennis has created a lot of excitement in the table tennis world. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions with answers direct from Paddle Palace
Rarely, will your opponent be “on fire” in every aspect of his game. Professional players realize this and are able to somewhat play away from the strength. Most players aren’t “on fire” with their serve, serve return, push, flip, block, loop, smash, counterloop, lob, and every other aspect all at once. If your opponent’s backhand flip is “on fire,” what should you do?
In most tournaments, I play around 50-80% of my full potential. When I’m playing 100%, yes, I feel amazing. But there are other factors that hinder me from playing my best. Different playing conditions can hinder my performance – different balls, different lighting, different tables, different floor, slight wind currents, strange playing-style opponents, and thousands of other distractions. Also, my preparation can hinder my performance – uncomfortable bed, lack of sleep, fatigue from travel, damaged equipment, and many other elements.
One of my students recently lost to a player who had an amazing forehand and a terrible backhand. This opponent’s forehand was at least 1900-level and his backhand was around 800-1000 level. After losing, I asked my student why he played so many balls to the forehand. He responded by saying, “Well, I didn’t want my opponent to know that I knew his weak point.” What a terrible way to lose a match.
Former Oregon State Champion Tim Aikey hosted a camp focused on backhand loops at Tualatin Recreation Center.
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