Strategy to coach an attacker

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 13 years ago

Jesus Calle

Jesus Calle Asked 13 years ago

Hello I would like to ask about the strategy to coach a boy: He is definitely an attacking player always wishing to give a hard drive. In the past he got good results with this, with points of just two, three or four, strokes.  The coaches that have worked with him tend to stop this attitude, telling him to “control” the strokes. Now he is using a defensive wood to slow his strokes and the coach tell him to play short game till there is a very clear opportunity to attack. I don’t know if this is a correct decision for this kind of boy or it should be better to try to foster his attacking attitude, correcting the technique of course, and if it should be better to use an offensive wood. 

What do you think?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 13 years ago

Hi Jesus,

It sounds like ti could be the right strategy.  It always depends on how often he is making those attacking strokes and his technique. If his technique sis not good then he should be slowed down till it is is correct.

Ultimately, he will not be able to just attack every ball and will need to learn to play the ball short and then wait for the right ball to attack.  At the higher levels, that is what will happen.

However, never stop his fun so you could let him vent his enthusiasm every now and then. 

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