Taking the ball early

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Last updated 9 years ago

Abhinav Upadhyay

Abhinav Upadhyay Asked 9 years ago

Hi Alois,

In the recent match between Timo Boll and Fan Zhendong at the world championships, the commentators kept saying that Timo takes the ball early which is the reason for his higher success rate against the Chinese. 

Could you please elaborate on what does it mean to take the ball early, how does it help and what are the risks associated?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Abhinav,

Taking the ball early means he is hitting the ball closer to the bounce on his side.  It is more of a risk as the ball is rising.  He also has a very closed angle on his racket which works for him because he trains so much and is such a great player.

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