When choosing a beginner racket, there are several key elements to look for.
Choose a racket that has inverted rubber. It should have sponge that is about 1.5 mm with a pips-in topsheet that is slightly grippy.
The speed should be medium-low to allow for best ball control and stroke development.
The weight should be fairly light, especially for juniors.
For tournament use, the rubber must say “ITTF Approved”.
Since the beginning of 2008, I have been coaching table tennis for a living. Right now, I have eighteen students ranging from 600 level to 2200 level. In this article, I’m going to give twelve practical ways that I use to maximize my students’ potential.
You are a 1800-rated player competing at the 2014 North American Teams. So far, you have had a great tournament with several good wins. Your goal is to break 2000, and you need one more good win. You are playing in the last team match of the tournament against three 2100-rated players. Your goal is to win one match. That’s all you need, one win. Surely you can beat one of them.
Most club players across the US give about 70% effort during club matches while socializing, playing relaxed, and hitting great shots throughout the night. The average club players try much much harder in tournaments and often play a much different style in tournaments.
Sometime, when I see a player at the club hit a very good shot, I will pose the question,
“Could you do that in a tournament?”
Learn to analyze your opponent in less than 10 seconds
Blog --- Mental Strategies Part IX
In practice matches, you probably play against opponents that you feel comfortable playing against. You understand your opponent’s basic strengths, weaknesses, serves, and common patterns. Often, in a tournament, you will compete against a variety of styles. From the first few points, it is critical that you quickly make a game plan then continue to readjust your game plan as the match progresses.
Learn about the proper amount of anticipation to use
Mental Stratgies – Part VIII
Guess or Not to Guess?
In table tennis, there are 2 aspects of anticipation. The first is to have a reasonable guess as to where your opponent will hit the next ball. The next aspect is watching his body position and racket angle and adjusting based on the direction of his swing.