Many players, when attacking with their forehand (especially when looping) throw their upper body into the shot, so that their upper body goes way to the left (for right-handers).
Many players grip the racket too tightly when they play. Many think this gives them added stability.
So which type of drills should you do? At the beginning, you should do more rote drills. It’s the best way to really hone those shots. But as you improve, you should gradually work more and more random drills into your practice.
If you want to improve at table tennis, you should do practice drills. This allows you to focus on specific parts of your game. How long should each drill be for?
One of the most common mistakes I see when players warm up or practice is hit each shot properly, but then backswing immediately for the next shot with no move to a ready position.
In table tennis, it’s good to keep moving the ball around to make an opponent move. However, sometimes you want to go to the same place twice. Here are a few good examples.
There are basically two ways to play tactically early in a match. You can either feel your opponent out to see what he can do and then adjust your tactics based on this ("The Explorer"); or you can force your game on the opponent right from the start, making tactical adjustments as you go on ("The Dominator").
Practice is to improve, maintain or calibrate a technique. Few players improve unless they do lots of this. However, the focus of this tip is on warming up.
Having trouble keeping that tricky sidespin serve short? Against most players, you probably can get away with it, but then there's always __________ (fill in the blank), who always loops your serve. What should you do?
Probably the most over-used and under-used shot in table tennis is the push. This may sound contradictory, but it really isn't. Most players either push too much or too little.
You've practiced, you've worked with a coach, you've done physical training, you've done mental training... you're ready for the tournament. What could go wrong?
Whenever you're practicing, always place the ball where you would in a tournament match. What you do in practice you will do in a match. But where should you place the ball?
If you follow these two tips, you'll find you'll be in position for far more shots than before.
Should you use a high toss serve? It all depends on what you are trying to do with the serve.
When you play a match, do you get nervous or too hyped up, and end up making more mistakes than usual? Or do you have trouble getting psyched up for the match, and so don’t play physically enough?