Many players say that they are planning to do some video analysis during this time of isolation. That’s great! But what are you looking at? There are two general categories (Technique and Tactics) and some subtle smaller categories. Let’s take a look at five elements of the technique and give elements of their tactics.
This outline below can be used to study any player. But for an illustration, we are going to use the 2019 China Open Final between Ma Long and Tomokazu Harimoto game two.
Some players know how to anticipate and adjust quite well during a match, usually these players are viewed as being “SMART”; while others don’t anticipate and don’t adjust well. On the surface, this article might seem like common sense, but this there is much more depth here. Let’s dig in…
Here is the dictionary definition of anticipation: The action of anticipating something; expectation or prediction.
I have written 2 controversial articles about upsetting higher rated players in table tennis. What is the correct mindset? Going for broke or playing normal? In the blog, I have included both articles and a summary of how to harmonize them together to have the best possible result.
In this article, I’m going to briefly describe the tactics that you should use to beat a pick-hitter. A pick hitter is usually a rather defensive player who suddenly attacks as a surprise. In order to best understand your opponent, you need to start off by analyzing him in detail by asking yourself the following questions in regards to your opponent. You should ask yourself these questions when you are studying your opponent prior to the match or during the first few points of your match.
I estimate that over 50% of upsets could have been avoided!
Let me explain...
As soon as the upset happens, there is usually a whirlwind of excusing flying all across the gym. Some of them are non-sense. Some of them are legit.
I have often heard excuses like…
“I didn’t warm-up before the match.”
“I thought he was easy; I won 3-0 last time we played.”
“I was just so hungry, that I couldn’t concentrate.”
“I started off the first game just trying out some new fancy shots.”
Between pitches in baseball, the batter steps out of the batter’s box to re-focus.
The same thing is true in table tennis; the pros often call this the “think circle.”
Between points, step back about 4-6 feet away from the table and draw an imaginary circle around yourself and collect your thoughts in your think circle. Every pro athlete has a different method of processing the points, relaxing, and gearing up for the next point, but I’m going to give you the method that I personally use.