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PostPosted: 29 Mar 2017, 20:39 
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Hi everyone,

I having been playing table tennis for 9 months and I really enjoy it. However, I have encountered a few issues. I feel like I won more points during my first few months of playing, however, I had an incorrect grip. I managed to fix it and I gained more control and could generate more spin, but my game is not as aggressive as it used to be. I currently play at school with players who do not know much about the table tennis, but play better than me because they were influenced by other sports (e.g. tennis). I have watched numerous tutorials on topspins and attacking strokes, but I find it hard to apply them in matches with these players as their playing style is unorthodox rather than textbook-based. How can I overcome these issues and become a better player?

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Overly simplified, but a tactical starting point:

Tennis players tend to return long and prefer doing a full stroke. They hate playing over the table. Use short serves a lot. Try to return early (block/push off the bounce) to give them less time for their exaggerated backswing. Aim at crossover point (hip or thereabouts).

Squash players love angles and always look for opportunities to finish a rally. Play long to the middle and be patient.

Badminton players want tempo but are not used to spin. Vary the spin on your serves. Use underspin to slow down the game. Mix real and fake loops.

As I said above, this is very simplified. We are all individuals, your opponents too. In general, tennis/squash/badminton clubs have a much stronger tradition than TT clubs for doing drills and teaching proper technique. (Of course there are exceptions to this.) IOW, players coming from other racket sports will generally have built good stroke mechanics, speed and strength, much of which can be directly transferred to TT. The only way to build this is by practice. Repeat, repeat, repeat...

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