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I would like to ask you for your opinion on this:
One of our highest level coaches has the opinion that being able to consistently get the ball on the table to create and control the spins (by any technique) etc. is more important than having a correct technique. I wonder what do you think about this opinion. This coach has successfully brought numerous CZ players at the Euro level including for example current CZ star Lubomir Jancarik, who experienced his greatest improvement under this coach's personal training 10 years ago.
How can a person, who thinks that being able to return the ball on the table is more important than having a correct body movement during a stroke be so successful at creating professional players with great technique while he himself says that there is no definition of "correct" in terms of table tennis movement?
This is an interesting question and one I have changed my opinion on in the last few years. I now tend to agree with this coach. Technique is something that will come as you experiment more and discover the best way for you to deal with any ball. I think most players come to similar concepts of technique because that works in general however there can always be nuances.
When a player experiments and learns something for themselves it is more likely to stay with them and be able to be reproduced in crucial situations.
The other thing to look at is the result of what he is doing. Jancarik had great results recently at the European Championships reaching the quarter final and losing 4:3 to Ovtcharov.
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