Material testing & teaching

Table Tennis Training and Drills

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D K Asked 1 month ago


I would just like to ask what is your opinion on the plan I have...
I get encountered more and more by young players who are greatly troubled by antispins and pimpeld rubbers. Some even to the point of completely refusing to play against them,and even some who decided to completely quit table tennis due to these rubbers.

Therefore,I decided that I will build several bats (from used materials) with OX longpips,shortpips,and antispin,and practise with them sometimes - to teach the new players how to deal with them,but also for pure fun,and also..I am quite a lot interested in the specifics of each rubber type,and as you know,I am long-term interested in having a rubber expertise.
What do you think about this?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 month ago

Hi Dan,

Your plan to build several customised bats with different types of rubber such as OX long pips, short pips, and anti-spin is both thoughtful and strategic. It addresses a common challenge that many young and aspiring players face when they come across opponents who use unusual rubbers which they are not accustomed to playing against.

Teaching young players how to play against various rubber types is essential in their development. As you've observed, unfamiliarity can lead to frustration and even discourage continued participation in the sport. By providing this learning experience, you are helping them to become more adaptable and versatile players.

Giving players the opportunity to practice against these rubbers will prepare them for competition. Match play can throw any type of player or style at them, and the more prepared they are for this variety, the better they can perform.

Introducing these rubbers early in training ensures that players will not be caught off guard when they encounter them in competition. It becomes a normalised part of their training rather than a surprise element.

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D K Posted 1 month ago

Thanks for reply.
I am a bit concerned though if it will not endanger my own development.

I also think about if this isa good plan too:

One player who recently started with me claimed that "the use of spin at all should be banned so that the players need to rely only on speed and placement,because with spin and spin reversal it is not fun."
He also claims that antitopspin rubber behave completely different than a longpips rubber.
I know well that is not true - despite that there IS a difference between these two types,most amateur players are probably unaware of what exactly happens when the ball touches the rubber.
I plan to secretly switch my normal bat to a bat with antispin during training,and use it roughly the same way as I play with my normal thick sponge longpips.
I already know he is bad at recognizing the materials.
I plan to use it as an advantage and show him he CAN play against antispin the same way which he can play against longpips.
(He says that when he plays a topspin to longpips,he always gets an empty ball,and then plays into the net as he expects the fast,slight-topspin ball which comes from an inverted rubber. I am well aware the truth is somewhere else. The fact is that he rarely usesa topspin. His "loops" are quite empty. And the opponents with longpips which he faced so far are usually not particularly skilled - or they deliberately kill the spin instead of reversing it.)

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