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How to GET GOOD at table tennis — TOMORROW TABLE TENNIS


Table tennis is the quickest sport
According to some real-life data that were collected,
the time between your opponent contacts the ball and you contact the ball is always less
than 0.5 second [on average] which means you have less than 1.0 second
to adjust after you hit the ball until the next ball comes to you
The time difference between a professional and an amateur player is only 0.1~0.2 second
So if you’re an amateur player right now, if you save that 0.1 second of time, then
you can also become a pro It’s all about time, how efficient you can
be in that 0.5 0.4 second THUS, I HAVE CONCLUDED THE 5 POINTS THAT YOU
SHOULD FOLLOW when you’re doing a table tennis stroke
When you miss a ball, you can always come back to these 5 points and see which one you’re
not fulfilling Also, every time before you play, you can always review these 5 points Give it a try for a month, and you can see
how fast you can actually improve By that time, hopefully, you won’t be making excuses like.. RUBBER TOO OLD NET TOO HIGH TABLE TOO DIRTY LIGHT TOO BRIGHT TOO DARK BALL NO BOUNCE.. BALL BROKEN .-. 1: “Am I using the right footwork?” There’s a saying that “70% of table tennis
is about your legs and 30% is about your hand” In order to save time, always keep your center
of gravity low until the ball hits the ground You always have to find the optimum position
where the ball is in front of your chest So try this: ignore your hands and always
move your legs first I know if could be really uncomfortable at
first, but as you get used to it, it can help you a lot
Meanwhile, lean forward so that your center of gravity is low and in front of you
So you can approach the coming ball and have more power, instead of sitting back which
would cause you to miss the ball Again, I think footwork always comes first
I’ll be elaborating on the different kinds of footworks after I finish these 5 points
at the end of this video 2: “Am I anticipating the ball?” From the moment your opponent contacts the
ball, your eyes have to focus on the ball Then, you need to start judging the ball
You shouldn’t be looking at anything else – not your opponent, not the table – but your
eyes should be fixed on the ball During that time, you need to predict the
speed, spin, and its placement [that it would have] when it hits your side of the table
Within that 0.4 0.5 second, you need to come up with your solution – how you’re going to
hit the ball Meanwhile, you have to move your feet 3: “Am I using my whole body?” Have you ever wondered why those 8-year-old
kids can hit more powerful shots than you can It’s because they produce a greater torque (a rotational/twisting force) In Physics, torque is defined as the cross product of F (force) and r (radius/distance) Apparently, it’s not because the kid can produce more force, it’s because they’re using their
whole body Using their bodies as the rotational axes,
the distance from the racket to the rotational axis is greater,
compared to amateur players who only use their arms, the distance is only this much
Even though you produce a greater force, your ball is still slow
So now we need to understand power transfer The power comes from the ground
When we thrust our legs against the ground, the power comes from the toe, then trasfers
through the ankle, knee, leg, then waist Then, you’re rotating your waist, so it keeps
transferring through your body, shoulder, arm, elbow, forearm, wrist, then fingers
At the end, you should use your fingers to transfer power into the ball
It’s about your index finger pressing the racket to go forward
These processes should happen almost at the same time
Some people think it’s this whole thing.. No. They should be working at the same time towards
the same direction; it’s one smooth action Here, I want to make an analogy between table
tennis and boxing (punching) When you want to punch someone, you’re not
going to just stand here and only use your arm or using your body like this
Still your power comes from your legs but your whole body has to be coordinated
Try to get a feeling that you’re most comfortable hitting people 4: “Is my power focused?” You know you have to use your whole body and
relax before that You should only explode your power at the
point when you contact the ball You need to accelerate and contract [retract] your forearm quickly After you finish that, you have to “break”
– to stop there Again, the analogy of punching
When you want to punch someone, you’re going to concentrate all your power on that one
target You’re not going to be tensed up and use up
all your energy before hitting the target So you need to relax first, and concentrate
[explode] on that one point And that’s why we tighten the grip once we
contact the ball After that, you need to stop
It’s intuitive that you’re not going all the way through because it’s going to make your
power dispersed 5: “Am I resetting correctly or am I just taking
a picture?” After you execute your shot, you shouldn’t
be concerned with if your ball landed or not You should always skip a step and return to your ready position
This skip is so important: after every time you hit a shot, you skip in order to regain
balance and relax your body, so you’re ready for the next shot and it saves
you time Meanwhile, you should focus on how your opponent
returns the ball, and again, anticipate the ball Now, think about those 5 points when you train or play so it becomes a habit
Then, you can add variations on top of that by adjusting your brushing and hitting
And that’s where all your techniques come from The success rate is just a probability: different techniques have different difficulties and
corresponding risks When you’re practicing, find the optimum hitting
vs brushing ratio for each technique and encode that into your muscle memory
This is also why we do multiball training It’s not just standing there to get a feeling
of the ball; but more importantly, it’s about your footwork
I want to briefly go over the different kinds of footwork
I’ll start with the simplest: the single step which means you’re fixing one foot and moving
the other It usually happens when we’re playing backhand,
blocking, or when the ball is inside the table When the ball is further away, we need the
side shuffle You’re closing the gap between the two feet,
then moving another foot [step] To the right, to the left, like this
It’s a smooth motion like this But as the speed increases, we find this is
not fast enough. So we develop a new one
This is kind of like side-shuffle, but you’re jumping with your two feet at the same time
So it’s much faster. And this is the most frequently used footwork When the ball is wider, you can’t move there within one or two jump shuffles, then you
need cross-over This is the most complex of all the footworks
If the ball goes that way, I need to cross my left leg in front of my right
I need to execute the shot before or when my left foot lands, at this moment
Afterwards, my right leg has to go over This is not when you contact the ball; this
is when you thrust your right leg and return to ready position
First, you need to thrust your left leg, then right leg, jump over, then return
In a smooth action, it should look like this Note that you need to rotate your body all
the way over when you hit the ball Try not to lean forward too much. Keep your body straight
Almost forgot that there’s another footwork called the “split step” or you can call it
small quick steps This one is crucial because it links all your
other footworks together Basically, you’re using it all the time since
the point starts It looks something like this
Although it’s small adjustments, it can make a big difference
because sometimes when we do a side/jump shuffle, we’re not exactly in position
So we need the little adjustments It’s not like you move and you stop here,
and move again and stop there You’re doing this
Here, Zhang Jike serves and jumps back to ready position They both step into the table using single step Here, notice how low Ma Long’s center of gravity is During this rally, they skip after every shot Zhang Jike is using split steps to make slight
adjustments to his position Zhang Jike uses side-shuffle to move to the
right Ma Long uses cross-over to come to the right
and up to the table Ma Long uses jump step to pivot for his forehand
Cross-over, cross-over, and another cross-over Moves back using side-shuffle
REMEMBER THOSE 5 POINTS AND YOU’LL BECOME A PRO IN NO TIME
Thanks for watching Bonus! One effective way to practice side-shuffle
with yourself is.. See how fast you can go
Also, another effective way to practice waist rotation is to stand in front of a net post
and try to touch the table.. as fast as possible So you can do forty in a set??..

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