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I'm asking for one of my pennant teammates, who's a small boy. (It would be useful for me against some opponents, too!) He's a conventional 2-winged attacker, very consistent FH loops & smashes, knows to follow big hits with drop shots when the opponent has been forced back.

He has to cover a lot of ground relative to his size, and he's good at it, but older players still pick up on the fact that they can run him around by returning the ball to alternating corners of the table.

What are some things that he can do to counter this?

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I'm 5'10" and pretty decent at covering the table, however mobility is my issue and I have players try do it to me as well so I try to do it them first. :lol:

The way to counter it is to hit the ball deep and low to the opponent's cross-over or to the wide angle that they are not covering. Deep shots make it more difficult for your opponent to hit the wide angles. Hitting to their cross-over sometimes causes them to give a weak return because they have to decide to use their FH or BH. Shallow high returns should be avoided as they make it easier for your opponent to hit the wide angles.


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It is also worth noting that when you angle your return, you give your opponent the opportunity to return with even more angle. Countermeasures against angled returns would therefore be to keep it long and to the middle (which will often be the opponent's crossover point as already mentioned). Wait with the angled shot until the value (putting pressure on your opponent) is greater than the risk (giving your opponent an opportunity).


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When his opponents hit the first ball to a corner, he can return it as wide or wider cross-court. That will make it nearly impossible for the next ball to be angled to the opposite corner.


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Sometimes, it's impossible to avoid being moved to the corners so you (and the boy) need to train for this. I find the Falkenburg drill to be good for this. It helps you develop the footwork needed to cover the wide corners.


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And penholders are going to place even deeper into the corners. Just try going against a Leftie penholder like XX :lol:


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I don't think it's the size that is the problem, neither for your teammate nor for you. Try to train placing with the teammate and train the 2-side step as well as the 1-step and so on. Look at the chapter 'positioning and footwork'.http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/86

Steffen Fetzner and most Asian players aren't that tall and as far as I remember most larger players do lack speed compared to the smaller ones. And, if I remember it correctly, most of these players trying to outplace the opponent are lame ducks with bad footwork and little movement.

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keme wrote:
It is also worth noting that when you angle your return, you give your opponent the opportunity to return with even more angle. Countermeasures against angled returns would therefore be to keep it long and to the middle (which will often be the opponent's crossover point as already mentioned). Wait with the angled shot until the value (putting pressure on your opponent) is greater than the risk (giving your opponent an opportunity).


I kinda disagree. If you put a ball into a corner, especially with significant top and sidespin, the opponent is forced to hit the ball to the opposite corner, or if he/she is good enough, straight down the line to the other corner. Even if the ball comes down the line to the other corner, it's headed down the line, not angled away from you and is more reachable than a ball hit from the middle to that same corner (which will be heading away from you). And to put the ball down the line takes some doing, players at my level aren't that capable of doing it without missing a lot of shots, especially when there's sidespin involved. You do have to keep the ball long of course, short balls open a lot of possibilities.

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