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Answering coaching questions
02-25-2017, 05:11 AM
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Answering coaching questions
Hello everyone, as a current coach at the San Diego Table Tennis Club I want to offer a question and answer forum for all members and others on the forum who have table tennis questions about technique, tactics, training, and other table tennis issues. I will try to check the forum daily and get back to you as soon as I can. If others have input, please feel free to reply. I hope that this thread gets some action and helps everyone with their game!
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03-02-2017, 11:08 AM
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RE: Answering coaching questions
(02-25-2017 05:11 AM)ashscoot Wrote:  Hello everyone, as a current coach at the San Diego Table Tennis Club I want to offer a question and answer forum for all members and others on the forum who have table tennis questions about technique, tactics, training, and other table tennis issues. I will try to check the forum daily and get back to you as soon as I can. If others have input, please feel free to reply. I hope that this thread gets some action and helps everyone with their game!

Thanks for your Q & A offer on the forum. Can you offer some insight on basic service strategy? Should you try to win the point outright with a risky serve or is it best to just try to control the return for a setup on a following shot?
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03-03-2017, 05:20 AM
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RE: Answering coaching questions
Okay, let me try to give you some insight into that.
Basically, this depends on a few of factors.
1) How are your serves affecting this opponent? Trying a few long hard services, is your opponent defensive and safe, or aggressive and successful? If the former, keep challenging your opponent. If ineffective, go to a different plan to keep your opponent from attacking you off of your serve and use smaller and safer serves. Of course, mix in a few long ones even if they get attacked to keep your opponent from hanging over the table and being successful on your shorter serves as well.
2) How successful are you in handling your opponent's attack? If you handle it well or your opponent does not handle being countered off of his attack well, then by all means send out long hard serves and be prepared to counter attack. Again, depends on your ability and also your opponent's success.
3) How positive is your attack off of your serve? If your attack is working well then, keep your serves short or do whatever it takes to keep them from being attacked (maybe send them very, very wide to the backhand angle, for instance) and then attack. If your attack isn't working, then mix it up and try to force your opponent to open weekly so that you can counterattack. Also, remember that if you make the first attack, your opponent can not. This is important against those that have a very strong opening attack.

The short answer, is that there is no 'basic serve strategy' that works for every player against all opponents. You have to try a few things out against different opponents and make note of what works and what doesn't.
By the way, don't forget to practice your serve and serve return!
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