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How to Improve Shot Quality in Table Tennis

October 18, 2019


Welcome back to my channel, a place to learn
table tennis correctly and with fun. Chinese table tennis coaching and education
always focus on the solid foundation of techniques. Today, we learn how to improve the shot quality
in table tennis. At the beginning, every new players should
learn table tennis step by step and slowly. Chinese coach guides new player in the very
small detail. This young player is learning
how to drop his racket, and to learn the “power from the ground” concept. The key to improve the power in the Forehand
topspin, is to incoporate the lower part of the body in the forehand shot. Not only, snap the ball with your forarm,
but you should also do the weight transfer, and rotate
your body. To increase the spin of the shot, you should
also “accelerate” into the ball, at the moment the racket hit the ball. That’s why you should relax your wrist, and
quickly “brush” into the ball. Chinese coach focuses in this small detail. Quick impact is the key! You can clearly see the concept of Chinese
table tennis technique. “Hit by the leg”
and “Power from the ground”. There are 2 forces: forward force (to provide
speed), and “Lifting force” to lift the ball, to spin
the ball. The weight transfer of the body is the forward
force. And the rotation of the body
with your forarm is the lifting force. That’s why Chinese players use very hard rubber,
to minimize the power loss, and transfer all of these force to the ball. At the amateur level, if you want to improve,
you need to repeat your technique everyday. Repetition is the key! The difference between the coaching I’ve seen
in China, and in Europe (or France) is: In China, they repeat
only one technique until you master it. While in Europe, the coach mixes up several
techniques during the training session. So you have less time to master one technique. So my advice is: Focus on the quality,
improve one technique first, feel it! Always aim to hit harder, faster and spinner! So this training is the fundamental techniques. The coach will exaggerate some gesture,
like drop the racket more, hit forward more, and use the leg more, longer stroke. This exaggeration is necessary for the new
player! Because you will remember the stroke easier when you do the slower and longer
stroke. So if you are the amateur player
who want to change, modify your technique, you should do a slow, and longer stroke
first. How about the top level? If you already have the fundamental in table
tennis, you should imrove the “explosiveness” of your
shots. Today, I will show you some tips to improve
the quality of the shots. Even at the top level, players need to train
and improve their techniques everyday. Because table tennis evolves fast. With the new ball, players need to hit even
harder, faster to gain advantages. Ding Ning is practicing how to “answer” to
the mid-long ball at his backhand side. There are two option: agressive backhand push
the ball, or flip the ball. The coach has asked Ding Ning to “shorten”
her strokes. The same gestures at the
beginning, but she needs to flick, or to push, only at the last moment. Shorten your stroke, to increase the “explosiveness”
(power and speed) of your shots. This will make the opponent harder to guess
what is your next shot. Longer stroke is
easy to be predictable. You can clearly see that, Ding Ning opens
her racket like she will push the ball. But at the last moment, she closed the racket,
and flick the ball. This is the key
at the high level! The split second but great effect to surprise
the opponent! With this tip “Shorten the stroke”, Ding Ning
has increased the quality of her shots. Faster and Explosive! Harder to predict! So this is the routine in table tennis. At the new level, if you want to learn the
new technique, learn the technique slowly. Do the longer stroke. This way, you will learn
the technique quicker. Until you have the good technique, the next
step, you need to improve the technique. One way to do it, is to “Shorten your stroke”. Shorten your stroke will increase the
“explosiveness”, the speed of the shots. Never give up your dream! Hope you improve your technique every day! And enjoy more this wonderful sport! That’s it for today! See you, EmRatThich.

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