Return board as a training tool

Table Tennis Training and Drills

Last updated 7 years ago

Gary McAdams

Gary McAdams Asked 7 years ago

I know there have been a few posts about return boards, but I still couldn't find an answer to my question.  I got a Wally Rebounder recently, and it's a lot of fun, but I'm wondering if it will actually help you improve your game?  I know that it's always better to have a training partner, but I really don't have that luxury and don't see that changing soon.

So Alois, can you give me any guidance with regards to what types of drills could be done using the return board that will translate to improvement?  I'm currently around 1300 USATT and although I use the board regularly, I'm not improving as quickly as I'd like.

Thank you!


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Gary,

I think the training is limited.  Perhaps doing some one topspin one backspin drill may work well to improve your topspin against backspin.

It is OK for doing some controlled hitting as well as a starter.  You can also do any single position drills.  Trying to do any footwork is difficult because it is difficult to control where the ball will come back.

The other thing is may be good for is to practice serving.  You can serve to the board and see the reaction it has.  This could give you good feedback.

Sorry I can’t help much more but I think the uses are very limited.


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