Hi guys, thanks for joining me. In this video I’d just like to talk a little bit on the subject of players who are playing and training to win, rather than just playing and training for fun. I’ll just talk about the subject of training what you really need to do to win and thinking about what you should be doing to make that happen.
A typical example of what I see other people doing is – I’ll go down the centre and people will train for an hour or two hours, and almost all of their training consists of loop vs block, the forehand loop vs block, the backhand loop vs block, and that’s the bulk of their session. Maybe a few games thrown in. Then when these people come and play me, they serve, I push the ball and they can’t attack it because it’s not a topspin ball, it’s not easy for them to attack because I’m chopping the ball really heavy.
What they are good at is topspin vs a blocked ball but we never get to that stage. So what I want you to think about is that a table tennis rally consists of a sequence of events: a serve, a return of serve, and then that first shot by the server which is usually someone trying to attack, the receiver then blocks or does whatever he does, or perhaps he attacks if the server couldn’t attack. It’s that sequence of starting the short game and then somebody has to make the first attack, and then we move into a more open play. But without that first attack we never get to the stage of looping vs block – somebody actually has to open up the rally, and if you spend all your time as an attacker training the open part – the looping against a block – and you forget to train the actual starting of the attack – attacking against a push, attacking against a flick – if you forget to train that then in a match you’re never going to get to the stage of doing what you’ve been training – looping against somebody’s block or looping against loop.
So really what I’d like to say is think a little bit about what you’re doing in training – are you focusing on the stuff that you need to actually win points – are you working on your opening attack as an attacker? As a defender myself, a long range defender, I need to work on return of serve, pushing the ball and moving back into defensive range, I need to work on that transition from being up close to being far back so that I don’ t get caught in the middle. So it’s no good for me to spend all of my time simply 3 metres away from the table chopping long range if I never work on the actual sequence that gets me from close to the table back to that point. If I don’t do that I’m going to suffer and never actually gonna get back there to do long-range chopping. So I have to work on my return of serve, I have to work on my close pushing, I have to work on when I serve and when I can’t attack the return, my push and my move backwards into defensive stance.
So really again to keep this brief but to leave you with this thought, think a little bit about your game and how you play, whether you’re an attacker or a defender. Even if you are a close to the table player, you want to make sure that your opponent never attacks you really, really hard so a good return of serve is important. If you can’t work on a good return of serve you better work on handling really fast loops and attacks coming at you because that’s what you’re gonna get a lot of.
So think about your game, think about what you really need to do. Attackers – can you serve well – can you return serve well – can you actually hit that first attack and open up properly so you can get into the open game that every body likes to training – the loop vs block and counterlooping and all that stuff.
Close to the table players think about can you when someone serves at you – can you return tight enough to stop them hitting big attacks at you? If you can’t then work on it, either you have to work on your return of serve or you have to work on returning really, really strong attacks.
Defenders like myself, long range defenders, we need a good return of serve, and a good serve, but we also need that ability that if we can’t attack, we’ve gotta be able to push the ball, flick the ball or whatever, but we also have to be able to transition back into our defensive range – no good just working from the back court.
So think a little bit about that, if you spend some time working on pieces of your game that are missing that are preventing you from getting to the open parts of your game what you will find is your results will be better because you will actually more often get to the bit that in the past you have been training – the typical loop vs block- for defenders like myself, the typical loop vs chop when I’m way way back. Think about how your rally transitions, make sure that you can serve well, return serve well, and open up well so that you can actually get to the bit that everybody normally likes to play. OK?
That’s my thought for the day, if you’ve got anything to comment about or thoughts on it , feel free to just pop a comment on the website, OK? Thanks.