Picture this: You are playing the most important table tennis match of your life in the final round, crowds have gathered, big money is at stake, you are preparing to serve, the score is 9-9… should you call timeout?
The question above could be answered “YES” or “NO” depending on the circumstance. In the above situation, you should possibly call timeout if:
1. You need to consult your coach. If you are unsure on what to serve or what strategy to use, ask your coach.
When choosing a beginner racket, there are several key elements to look for.
Choose a racket that has inverted rubber. It should have sponge that is about 1.5 mm with a pips-in topsheet that is slightly grippy.
The speed should be medium-low to allow for best ball control and stroke development.
The weight should be fairly light, especially for juniors.
For tournament use, the rubber must say “ITTF Approved”.
Since the beginning of 2008, I have been coaching table tennis for a living. Right now, I have eighteen students ranging from 600 level to 2200 level. In this article, I’m going to give twelve practical ways that I use to maximize my students’ potential.
You are a 1800-rated player competing at the 2014 North American Teams. So far, you have had a great tournament with several good wins. Your goal is to break 2000, and you need one more good win. You are playing in the last team match of the tournament against three 2100-rated players. Your goal is to win one match. That’s all you need, one win. Surely you can beat one of them.
Most club players across the US give about 70% effort during club matches while socializing, playing relaxed, and hitting great shots throughout the night. The average club players try much much harder in tournaments and often play a much different style in tournaments.
Sometime, when I see a player at the club hit a very good shot, I will pose the question,
“Could you do that in a tournament?”