Styles power vs control

Table Tennis Footwork

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Ardak .

Ardak . Asked 1 month ago

Hi, coach!

I noticed that I focus on the power of my strokes. I spend all my focus to one powerful shot and if the opponent returns it,  then I usually don't ready to next strokes, lose focus and usually lose rallies. All my next strokes will be blocking and passive game. I think that's why I like blocking & powerful blades. Recently I tried allround blade, with allround blade I felt like I have no guns vs armed opponent. Opponents easily returned my strokes and that was very annoying for me, because I used to win the points with powerful strokes, with allround blade I couldn't do it. Thanks to allround blade  I noticed that my game is not based on consistency.

What do you suggest? How to give up focus on only one big stroke?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 month ago

Hi Ardak,

You can still focus on playing stronger shots but think about your balance before and after the strokes.  If you can do that then you will be able to recover for the next ball.

If you watch the better players you will notice this balance.  That is why footwork and balance are so important in this game because it is often not just about one shot but a series of shots to win a point.

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Ardak .

Ardak . Posted 1 month ago

Thank you, coach! To have good balance and footwork, is being in athletic shape a MUST condition?

When I was younger and thin (63 kg) my balance and footwork was better. Now I am fat (85 kg), it is harder to move, hard to keep balance. And noticed this from many TT players around me. Fat players don't move lot. 


TT is my only sport. Do I need run everyday or do other extra exercises? Or is it enough only footwork exercises near the table ?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 month ago

Balance doesn’t need much fitness. Focus on your stability first. Losing weight and becoming faster on it feet will help with recovery and to be able to get better position for your strokes. 

Ardak .

Ardak . Posted 3 weeks ago

Hi, coach!

Yesterday I tried to be ready to next strokes after my attacks and continue attacking. I thougt why I didn't do it before? I won many points thanks to this attitude. Thank you, coach! 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 3 weeks ago

Well done Ardak.  Sometimes a small change can make a big difference.

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