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Dumb Questions

Read answers to some of the top questions...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here are some of the questions that my readers have been asking lately.  Some of my readers e-mail me saying, “I have a dumb question…”  Actually, these are NOT dumb questions.  These are questions that MANY table tennis players in the US are asking.  So, I decided to answer 10 of the questions today…
 
1.       Defaults
Question:  If I’m too tired to play a match and default, will I lose rating points?
Answer:  If you default before the match has started, you will not lose rating points. 
 

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Making Peace with the Edge

Learn to deal with half-long balls...

 
 
 
The score was 9-9 in the final game, your opponent served a half-long serve to your backhand, you thought that the serve was long enough to loop, but it wasn’t.  With a full backswing, you looped right into the table!  Ouch!  As blood began to gush from the back of your hand, you wondered to yourself how this could have been prevented.  In this article, I’m going to give you ten tips on how to make peace with the edge of the table.
 
1. Move both feet properly into position

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One of the most neglected aspects of perfecting a stroke is learning how to load it properly.  If you first learn the proper balance, positioning, and timing, then you have a great base to develop more and more power, better deception, and more tactical variations.
 

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Distractions

Learn to Control Your Thoughts

 
 
 
 
Distractions are all around us.
Some are preventable, others are not.
 
 
When competing in table tennis, you must do everything possible to avoid the avoidable.
You also must do everything possible to everything possible to block out the unavoidable.
 
 
 

The Cheater

Learn How to Beat This Opponent!

 
 
 
 
 
In competitive sports, there are always athletes who want to win so badly, that they will do absolutely anything to accomplish that goal.  Yes, there are cheaters in table tennis too.  Instead of giving you dozens of examples of how cheaters get away with it, I’m going to give you a more general perspective on how you can properly handle any situation that arises.
 

Between Points

Learn about the most under-developed part of table tennis

 
The average match in table tennis takes about 20 minutes.  Out of the 20 min, about 5 min total is spent on rallies.  The other 15 minutes is spent picking up the ball, preparing for the serve, taking towel breaks, taking timeouts, and getting coaching advice.  So, here is the question that I would like for you to consider…
 
If only 25% of the match time is spend playing points, then why do we spend 99.9% of our effort on that portion of the game and we spend about 0.1% of our effort on the dead time???
 

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