Have you heard an individual table tennis player depicted as having incredible ‘feeling’? It’s plainly great, yet what does it really mean? What’s more, how would we further develop our table tennis ‘feeling’?
As indicated by my old buddy EmRatThich, ‘feeling’ is the main standard of the Chinese table tennis reasoning! In this way, the following are three hints to assist you with fostering your ‘feeling’ for the ball.
1. Release your hold
Most players hold their bat excessively close. You probably won’t understand it however you most likely do as well. It’s the base of a wide range of specialized issues and shortcomings.
I used to do this as well, until I found the loose shakehands hold a couple of years prior. It completely changed my game!
A solid handle prompts strain in the wrist and lower arm, which prompts playing shots with a firm arm. Everything originates from the hold.
What’s the issue with having strain in your wrist and lower arm, and playing with a firm arm? You can’t foster any ‘feeling’!
‘Feeling’ is in your grasp. In your fingers, even.
Holding your bat too close eliminates any ‘feeling’ and control you might have from your hand and powers you to play everything from your shoulder and upper arm. Furthermore, there’s no ‘feeling’ for table tennis in your shoulder!
This is my message about as of late in my “Grasp Not Shoulder” blog entry. Here is a piece…
Amateurs play table tennis with their shoulder, swinging their entire arm at the ball. As they further develop they start to play more with their elbows, giving them a smidgen more control and twist. Great players play with their hands. They getting the hang of ‘feeling’ and this is all in the hand – underneath the wrist. The experts play with their fingers!
Along these lines, “hand not shoulder” is right if you need to create ‘feeling’. However, you won’t have the option to do that except if you release your hold and go for what I like to call the loose shakehands grasp or the limp handshake grasp.
Get your grasp right and you’ll make it a lot simpler to foster the subtle ‘feeling’.
2. Switch the twist
The rule of ‘feeling’ in table tennis is firmly connected with that of twist. Specifically, your capacity to control the twist ready.
Two components to are being a decent twist player. The first is proactive and respects your capacity to create twist to the ball. The second is receptive and is your capacity to manage approaching twist.
To me, a player with nice sentiment is an expert at both. They can manage any twist coming at them and make any twist on that equivalent ball.
That is no simple undertaking!
Turn is challenging to learn and perusing/returning approaching twist is many times the fixing of middle players. So what might you at any point do the start to dominate these two components of twist ‘feeling’?
I made the ‘switch the twist’ game while training Sam Priestley in 2014. It’s exceptionally easy to see yet incredibly challenging to do admirably – except if you have extraordinary ‘feeling’.
You start by doing a sluggish circle to-circle rally. The attention is on weighty twist as opposed to raising a ruckus around town truly hard.
Then one player needs to slash the ball, transforming the topspin rally into a reverse-pivot rally. Exchanging the twist. Then, at that point, you do a few pushes/cleave at one another.
Then either player can circle a reverse-pivot ball, exchanging the twist once more. Thus it proceeds. Topspin rally, reverse-pivot rally, topspin rally.
It takes a great deal of ‘feeling’ to have the option to do this effectively. I picked Chris Doran as the picture for this blog entry since he has astonishing ‘feeling’ and you’ll frequently see him in games cleaving weighty topspin circles with his quick edge and Tenergy 05 rubbers.
You won’t foster Chris Doran ‘feeling for the time being. In any case, the more you practice the simpler you’ll track down it. Do it for five or ten minutes each time you play and you’ll have extraordinary ‘feeling’ sooner rather than later.
It was only after us beginning doing this tomfoolery drill in our training that Sam truly figured out how to open-up reverse-pivot balls reliably.
3. Figure out how to take care of multiball
At the point when most players consider multiball they picture an accomplished mentor shooting balls down at them while they run around attempting to return them all. This is perfect. Be that as it may, have you at any point pondered exchanging jobs?
In China, you’ll see kids as youthful as six or seven taking care of multiball for their friends. It looks simple when you watch an expert mentor getting it done, yet try it out yourself and you’ll understand it requires a ton of hand ‘feeling’.
I did multiball taking care of interestingly as a 18-year-old at Grantham Foundation. I wasn’t excellent at it nor were the vast majority of different players.