Show #350 - Happy New Year Jokeathon

3 months ago


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You are in for a treat with some tremendous jokes this episode! Plus we answer your table tennis questions on returning serves, being smooth, and encouraging people to take up the sport. Alois also has a great tip on choosing equipment. Enjoy the show!

How to Receive Short Low Spinny Topspin Serves

Ardak - How to receive short, very low and spinny serve which bounces to my forehand side and very close to the net?

Encouraging People to Join Table Tennis

Jasper - In 2 days time there will be a CCA Open House where the secondary 1 students can check out any CCA. How can I get more people to join table tennis?

Choice of Backhand or Forehand on Short Game

Musaab - I watch a lot of videos and I know for sure after applying that to my own game, there is a preferred blade side to serve return depending on the incoming serve. A popular example is the forehand short push return to the regular pendulum serve. Even when it is side/topspin that return will make the ball go a little high but there is still vicious underspin on it that some opponents put it directly into the net. No coach ever told me that and I can't find anything about it on the web either, just pattern recognition while watching pros videos. I wonder whats your input on this , I even feel there is more layers to it, I'm talking about the third,fourth and fifth ball on the short-to-short game that there is a preferred side (forehand or backhand) return. N.B. In all this I'm assuming two right-handed players and balls are on the middle of the table

Smooth Players

Bob - I would like your recommendations (if you would) of table tennis players (even old school) who play smooth and relaxed. I am trying to go the long distance in this game and am developing a game with less stress on the body. Oh Sang Eun is one that I have been watching lately. Samsanov has been around.  Any others for me to emulate? Also any drills or recommendations on playing more smooth and relaxed? Thanks. 

Links in this Episode

Returning Short Topspin Serves - for premium members

Investigating the Relative Age Effect

Choosing a Table Tennis Bat