Not watching the ball to contact point

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Peter MxGrail

Peter MxGrail Asked 1 month ago

As can be the case with golf, is it a very common fault in table tennis that people, especially beginners, do not concentrate to make sure they watch the ball all the way to contact point. I have this fault and really need to concentrate, it is worse when I am up against a better player, and my anxiety levels rise.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 month ago

Hi Peter,

It's absolutely correct that one of the common faults for beginners in table tennis is not watching the ball all the way to the point of contact. This issue isn't exclusive to novices, however; even more experienced players can sometimes lose focus on the ball during a rally, particularly under pressure. Keeping your eye on the ball until it makes contact with your bat is crucial for several reasons:

1. Helps with timing: Watching the ball allows you to better judge the speed and spin, which contributes to better stroke timing.

2. Improves accuracy: By following the ball, you are more likely to hit it on the sweet spot of the racket, resulting in a more accurate shot.

3. Spin adaptation: Particularly in table tennis, where spin plays a significant role, watching the ball closely helps you adapt your stroke to counter your opponent's spin.

Anxiety levels can indeed rise when playing against a better opponent. This tension can divert your focus away from the ball to other aspects of the game or cause you to become preoccupied with the outcome of each shot.

Here are some tips to help you concentrate on watching the ball: - Incorporate drills that emphasize ball tracking into your practice routine. One example is to have a practice partner vary spin and placement while you focus solely on contacting the ball with the correct timing and angle.

Learn and implement relaxation techniques such as deep breathing between points to manage anxiety and maintain focus during matches.

Sometimes, it helps to verbally remind yourself to 'watch the ball', or even to focus on a specific part of the ball (such as its logo) to train your eyes to follow it better.

Develop a pre-point routine that includes a mental cue to focus on the ball, which can help build the habit of keeping your eye on the ball during play.

Practice playing points against higher-level players in a controlled environment. This can help you get used to the pace and spin, and reduce anxiety during real matches.

Practice mindfulness and visualization exercises away from the table. Visualize yourself watching the ball all the way to the racket and executing a perfect stroke. This mental practice can help in actual play. Remember, it's a common challenge and it takes concerted effort to improve. Keep practicing, be patient with your progress, and gradually, keeping your eye on the ball will become second nature.

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Peter MxGrail

Peter MxGrail Posted 1 month ago

Thanks Aloïs


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