In matches, should you use specific patterns or should you just hit anywhere? Well, you always want to keep your opponent off-balance while realizing that there are specific shots and locations that commonly cause errors from your opponent. Today, I’m going to outline a six basic patterns.
(Note: There are actually hundreds of these patterns. I’m just listing six as a starting point)
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Playing the right tactics is one of the vital keys to winning your next match. In order to know which tactics to play, it is often helpful to label your opponent as a looper, chopper, lobber, blocker, etc. Once you have placed him in a category, then you can begin making a game-plan. (please realize that many playing styles overlap)
Check out these tactics articles on playing specific opponents:
I have recently written 2 controversial articles about upsetting higher rated players in table tennis. What is the correct mindset? Going for broke or playing normal? In the blog, I have included both articles and a summary of how to harmonize them together to have the best possible result.
If your opponent’s primary shot is an extreme topspin attack, he is considered a looper. Loopers can play far from the table or close to the table; some loopers are penholders while others use the shakehands grip, some loop from both forehand and backhand and some just forehand. In this article, I’m going to describe the opponent who loops with just his forehand.
From personally participating in 400 tournaments over the last 21 years, I can say with certainty that 70% of MAJOR UPSETS COULD HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN AVOIDED. As soon as the upset happens, there is usually a whirlwind of excusing flying all across the gym. Some of them are non-sense. Some of them are legit.
I have often heard excuses like…
“I didn’t warm-up before the match.”
“I thought he was easy; I won 3-0 last time we played.”
“I was just so hungry, that I couldn’t concentrate.”