Table Tennis Match Strategy

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Michael Jameson

Michael Jameson Asked 6 years ago

I have decent technique, but in games I have a terrible time trying to control myself from hurrying the stroke too quickly.  This makes for a terrible stroke, and a bad outcome, and if it turns out to be my point it's only because of luck.  I can't seem to get my anxiety from taking over.  HELP!!!

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Michael,

Firstly it is great that you have recognised that you are rushing.  Now it is a matter of constantly reminding yourself of this and taking more time in games.  Focus on waiting for the ball to come to you rather than rushing out to hit it or hitting the ball too fast.

Perhaps you can also think about making sure you get the first 3 balls on the table in each rally and then if you achieve this, then you can hit the ball faster after that.

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Dakota Castleberg

Dakota Castleberg Posted 6 years ago

Hey Michael,

My buddies and I use to have a really hard time with this as well. One thing we found that helped us become more relaxed was playing sets to 21 points instead of 11. This greatly reduced the value of each point, which made it a lot easier to try using the better strokes.

I realize you are saying this only affects you during match play, but having more practice matches to 21 helped me develop trust in my form which then became easier to translate to actual match play.

Just my two cents.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Thanks Dakota.  Interesting thought.

Adra Restall

Adra Restall Posted 3 years ago

3 years later did it work? I have the same problem ?

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