Breathing both BETWEEN points and DURING the point is a very important, and often neglected, aspect of the game! Players who have learned to properly exhale at contact improve their timing, power, mental focus, and endurance.
So how do you test it?
Just warmup forehand to forehand. Is it natural for you to exhale with each hit? If it feels unnatural, you probably haven’t been doing it! Now play some points, ask a spectator to stand close and listen for the exhale and watch your chest.
Inconsistency is likely the main reason for your poor performance in tournaments. Will doing more drills help you? Possibly.
Here at the Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy, we aren’t just concerned with the number of hours, we are also concerned about the quality of the hours realizing that each individual player might need to adjust his/her drills slightly. In this article, I’m going to briefly outline the 3:1 principle that we have developed.
New Tactics Article on Beating the Unknown Opponent
The tournament published the draws the night before the event. You found out that you are going to play against Hou Yingchao in your opening match of men’s singles at 9am. You immediately take out your pen and paper and write down some note of how to play him. You arrive in the gym at 7:45am and train accordingly.