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PostPosted: 17 Jan 2018, 10:08 
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Two questions

What's the most important skill, or quality a table tennis player can have?

Knowing what it is, do you devote any time to developing or nurturing that skill / quality or are you stuck in a routine of turn up and play -then go home.

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IMHO of course - The ability to adapt and change dependent on opponent. I have seen many, many juniors with all the natural talent in the world, but fall over in matches because they cannot do anything but autopilot. It's the innate "learning ability" That i guess translates over to coaching sessions too - How do they handle change?

Bit of a different view I think but important no matter what level the player.

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Read and handle spin.

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Keeping the ball on the table, especially with quality.

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Ability to stay mentally stable and in the zone while executing strokes and setup-plays learnt by muscle-memory during practice and training.

I think the worst thing any player can do is start second-guessing what is the better stroke or try to make high-risk variations with little chance of success at the last minute that the player hasn't trained for.

I am thinking Miu Hirano's incredible performance against under-prepared and un-ready Chinese top-10 players! It's an excellent strategy when you are the underdog trying to succeed.

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NextLevel wrote:
Keeping the ball on the table, especially with quality.

If you keep the ball on the table longer than your opponent you will never lose a point :D

I was torn between NextLevel's answer and playing the correct shot for each ball you receive. If a player doesn't have the correct technique it can be taught. Teaching the correct shot selection, which includes knowing where to place the ball seems a lot harder, at least in my experience, for people to grasp.

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