Early in a match you should test your various serves when playing an unfamiliar player. What proportion of the time should you serve long versus short?
Most players put pressure on themselves because they want to win very badly. However; putting pressure on yourself will usually make you play worse.
Too often players worry about their stroke techniques while playing a match. The end result is they try to consciously control their shots.
Many players use pushing as a neutral "sparring" shot. Instead, use it as a weapon.
Many players telegraph the direction of their attacking shot. Often, the opponent isn’t sure how he knows where you are going, he just senses it.
Many players, when learning to loop, try to guide the shot consciously. This is a mistake, and leads to a soft and weak loop.
Returning serves is everyone's biggest weakness - or at least it seems that way.
You should have different strategies for returning deeps serves and short serves (short serves are serves that, if given the chance, would bounce twice on the receiver’s side of the table).
You should have different strategies for returning deeps serves and short serves (short serves are serves that, if given the chance, would bounce twice on the receiver’s side of the table). Against deep serves, you should be aggressive.
Returning serves is all about ball control. In a rally, the incoming shot is usually more predictable than a serve, which normally has a much wider range of variation – topspin, sidespin, backspin, at all speeds and placements.
One of the strange things top players and coaches often notice is that beginning/intermediate players who goof off and lob during practice often improve rapidly. There is a reason for this.
Many beginning and intermediate players want a blazing fast racket, not realizing how much this is hurting their games. There are three problems with using a very fast racket.
A major weakness of many players is an inability to change the pace, and thereby throw your opponent’s timing off. Not doing so is a quick way of helping your opponent’s timing!
The title of this tip only applies to those who want to make it happen. Think of all the opponents you’ve played over the years who got irritated about balls rolling by, causing lets.
Many players have trouble playing left-handers – they simply aren’t used to them. (Left-handers have this trouble as well – they too play mostly against right-handers!) Because a player’s instincts are often wrong against a lefty, many players often end up feeding the lefty’s stronger side.