When I coached table tennis in a school program, I was coaching up to 90 kids per day. Over the last 20 years, I have seen thousands of kids play (or attempt to play) table tennis. Sarah Jalli is one of my top juniors and recently went up 1000 rating points in 10 months and is now ranked #4 in the US for her age. With the right environment and a great work ethic, Sarah definitely has Olympic potential. So why is it that some kids rise to the top and others stay at the lower level?
Typically, playing about 60-65% forehand and about 35-40% backhand will allow you to cover the table best. However, for some of my students, I give some flexibility as each player/style/age/conditioning/body type is unique. Because the forehand zone is larger, most players practice forehand footwork or full-table footwork. I have rarely seen players practicing backhand footwork.
In August, Samson Dubina began the process of preparing for the Olympic Trials. Because of the structure of the Olympics, its a long and difficult road for all of those trying – with only 1 to 3 male athletes able to represent the United States in the sport of Table Tennis. Samson is currently on the short list of favorites, with a ranking in the Top 8.
One of the most frequently asked questions is.. “Samson, why do you do drills? Wouldn’t it be better to exclusively play matches each day?”
IN ORDER TO SLOW DOWN YOUR OPPONENT, YOU MUST FORCE HIM TO MAKE A DECISION. Let me explain…
Many professional players peak for certain tournaments each year. By having a systematic training cycle, these players can perform well at the important tournaments. There are usually four parts to the six-month season: Pre-season, in-season, the peak tournament, and post-season. In this article, I’m going to briefly outline how you can learn to peak for that one important tournament six months from now.
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