Unable to utilize practised strokes in games

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 8 years ago

Ajoy Kumar

Ajoy Kumar Asked 8 years ago

Hi alois

For several months now I have been focusing on topspin drives against topspin on forehand side during training.  But I in games I can never execute these, they end up being counterhits, mainly because the returns are too fast or placed wide.  So how to be able to do topspins?

Similarly, I have been practicing loops against backspin for more than a year.  Still in games, I can't seem to get a return which I can loop.  Obviously I have been trying to put more backspin in my serves, but I always get retuns that are too far wide to loop.

What am doing wrong?



Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Ajoy,

Sometimes these things take a while to be implemented into a game.

I think you need to implement them into a game where you play against lower level players and force yourself to use this often in the game.

Try to serve short as well and at an angle where you can predict where the ball is going to come back.  Remember most players will return cross court.

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Scott Yates

Scott Yates Posted 8 years ago

I find this as well, but in my case it is more of an issue of falling back into habits.  I try to force myself to use specific strokes I have been training on during games.  Even if I lose the point, I still try hard to use the new material.  This is the only way I have found for getting them worked into rotation during normal play.  Otherwise I am just training for the exercise.  8)

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Thanks Scott.  That is very true.

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