Introduction to Multiball | Table Tennis | PingSkills

Introduction to Multiball | Table Tennis | PingSkills

Hi there, I’m Jeff Plumb, I’ve got Alois Rosario
with me from PingSkills and this is a course on multiball. Alois, tell us a little bit about multiball. I think it’s a really important tool if you’re
trying to improve your skills and if you haven’t got a partner that is of the same ability
as you, multiball can be an absolutely fantastic tool to help you improve. So were the Chinese the first to really take
on multiball and use it with all their training? Yeah the Chinese certainly have been using
multiball for a very long time and they use it in a large part of their training. So, is it good for beginners? I think you
mentioned that earlier. Yep, so it can be good for beginners. Especially
if you are finding it difficult to feed the balls into them into the right spot, it can
be really good for them to give them a nice simple ball that they can work with. Okay because often you’ll see if two people
are trying to hit a rally and they are not very good, they won’t hit it to the same spot
and it will be difficult to get a rhythm and people end up spending more time picking up
balls rather than actually hitting the table tennis ball. So remember when we talk about training it’s
a lot about getting as many opportunities to hit a good ball as you can and getting
opportunities to hit the ball from the right position. Multiball provides that in a really
easy manner. Okay. And so I guess that moves on to the
intermediate levels, the principles are the same, if your practicing the more balls you
can hit the better you are going to become. So this is good for intermediate and even
advanced players too? It can be really good for just honing a particular
skill. You can get a lot of practice against the same ball a lot of times. I find it particularly
good when you’re practicing against the backspin ball. In a rally situation you might get one
backspin ball per rally, now you can get 100 backspin balls in a couple of minutes to practice
against. Okay very good. Now, is this a difficult skill
to learn? Is it going to be hard for people to pick this skill up? So the skill of actually feeding the multiball? Yeah. Really simple! Okay, alright. Well we’re going to go through
some of those skills. How you can do it and you can use it to really improve your game.

Comments (16)

  1. I wish I had a table tennis centre near my house! sadly I can't practice that much all I can do play against the wall because a table won't fit in my room! I'm going to move to …Australia? correct me if I'm wrong! 

  2. Thanks guys for listening to me

  3. Can u do a video on serious playing for table tennis including the beginning rally like individual competition?

  4. Can you guys make more instructional videos for chopper

  5. Who would you say is the best player in the world in your opinion ? Really good video

  6. What's the difference between playing multi-ball and using a ball machine?

  7. @PingSkills, not sure how this new replying works on YouTube yet. Perhaps you can let me know. Anyway, thanks for your thorough reply and answer. That answered my question perfectly. My biggest problem then, in order to practice multi-ball effectively, seems to be "training" a partner to get "good" at multiball. In your video you talked about this briefly. Any more advanced tips on how to get someone who can really provide great training aid and practice through multi-ball without having to first go through years of practice and be fairly decent at tabl tennis?

  8. you helped me alot thanks 🙂

  9. How do you think ping pong robots compare to multi-ball training or training partners in general (especially at lower levels when your partners aren't very consistent)?

  10. Hi PingSkills, I know what i am about to ask may seem a bit off tangent but I'd be much grateful if you can please shed some light on the following doubts I have concerning TT rules:

    1. How are balls which hit the edge or the top side (where the table brand is usually written on) of the table treated, rule-wise?

    2. I also heard that if balls touch the hand of a player while trying to hit a return shot/serve, it is allowed. True?

    3. On what basis are the 11game-points, 20game-points used? My mates and I play up to 20 and whenever I suggest we play 11 game points as i see in pro table tennis, they all go "No way, mate!"
    Is it bad practice to play all the way to 20gamepoints and what really is the significant reason why tournaments don't go all the way to 20points?

    4. After how many net-ball while serving will a player lose the point? I mean is there a limit to the amount of times a player can get away with playing 'net' while serving?

    5. (This is going to be an odd one): A player, in an attempt to return a shot/serve, may slip and in the process accidentally throwing off his bat, but miraculously or extremely luckily, the air-borne bat (while off the player's hand) hits the ball back into the opponents table, is that to be counted? Trust me, a lot of crazy stuff happens when we play table tennis at my end 🙂

    6. Final and somewhat the most crucial question: Is it also true that to serve in a real TT tournament, you have to toss the ball considerably in the air before serving? I play with some of my mates, and we all dish out very dangerous and shall I say wicked serves that sometimes is impossible to return…the advantage we get doing this is that we don't toss the ball in the air but just serve by thrusting the bat against the ball, giving it a more deceptive serve.
    Are we learning bad habits or can this be allowed in real tournaments?
    We all take table tennis seriously and do play competitively, and have in fact started paying nearly hundreds of Pounds each on pro and semi-pro bats, so we'd much rather inculcate good playing habits.

    I believe some or all of these questions could also help other enthusiasts out there. Hope to hear from you soon.


  11. how to kenta matsudaira serve ?

  12. thanks for the tip! 😀

  13. Olldddddd – today there is ping pong robots

  14. Hello, thanks for your video and for the whole channel!

    Please give me an advise: how many balls should I posess to execute nice multiball training? The more the better? Or is there some reasonable minimum amount of balls with which I should be able to train comfortably? Thanks!

    Also how do you manage to pick the balls off the floor after a multiball training? Do you use your hands or is it more useful to have some kind of device for that? I'm just asking because I'm thinking of does such a device worth spending the money.

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