Here in the Midwest, the Seemiller grip is fairly common among older players. There are 3 different versions of the grip, but we won’t go into the details about the grip itself. We will look more closely at the strategy against these players.
This year, set some high goals in table tennis and work consistently to reach these goals. Look ahead to the competition 200-rating points ahead of you and think about your previous matches against them in tournaments. What shots worked? What shots didn’t work? Did you need to alter your strategy?
A fast short serve is impacted very close to the server’s end-line, travels over the net and quickly hits twice on the receivers side. This serve is very difficult for the receiver, because he needs to quickly decide if it is long or short.
Throughout the last 20 years, when returning serves, most of the world’s best players have looped the long serves and pushed short on the short serves. In order to attack first, about 90% of the elite serves have been short. This information has trickled down to even the lowest of the club level players. I heard many many many club players repeating, “Com’on, serve short!
In table tennis, there are 2 aspects of anticipation. The first is to have a reasonable guess as to where your opponent will hit the next ball. The next aspect is watching his body position and racket angle and adjusting based on the direction of his swing.
Once a player has mastered all four aspects, he might feel that he should be in good position for every shot. This is merely wishful thinking! The world’s best players have perfected all four of these footwork elements, yet they are still often caught off-balance. However, when they aren’t in perfect position, they are able to adjust their technique to fit the shot.