Some players play for a long time, but they don’t know how to improve their current level to the next level. They don’t know how to jump the level gap.
One of the main reasons is they don’t identify their mistakes, and they don’t know how to fix the mistakes.
If you repeat the same mistake, again, and again. You never improve to the next level.
It’s all about the most common mistakes that you should avoid.
Here are the 10 classic mistakes that you should fix as soon as possible. Learn from your own mistakes and others is one of the best ways to improve your level. I also explain the best tips to correct these beginner’s mistakes.
1. Stand too close to the table
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Some players just stand too close to the table. So they don’t have enough time to react, to make a strong stroke.
It’s better to stay further from the table to be ready to attack the long ball. To deal with the short ball, you just step forward. Why? Because of the human movement mechanism, moving forward is much faster than moving backward.
So it’s better to stand at a good distance than to stand too close to the table.
Please watch this video. I have all explained here.
The spin is the “heart” of table tennis. The slogan of PingSunday is “In Spin We Trust”. Without the spin, you don’t have the Magnus effect on your ball. The Magnus effect is the only force that pulls the ball down during your topspin.
How to fix: In every shot, think about “spin”.
Try to add spin in every shot: your service, your push, your topspin, your sidespin chop, etc. Learn how to impact spin: with the right timing, good acceleration, and the right contact point.
5. Bad footwork
Many players just “reach” but not “move”. It’s very bad! You get stuck at the same level because of this very common mistake. Don’t lean and reach, but please move your feet. There are already 4 patterns that help you move (great footwork that you should learn).
Bad footwork or hate moving the feet is the #2 enemy that you will never improve!
The common “disease” of table tennis players. They change the equipment too often. Just focus on equipment, and don’t focus enough on techniques. This is very bad! #3 enemy of your table tennis. Constantly changing paddles will “remove” all of your good feeling of the blade. It is like dating.
You need to get used to your weapon! Get the feeling, the confidence!
Here is a comment about a Vietnamese player. He said that:
I just keep changing the blade. But I can’t improve.
By watching your video, I just use an ALL+ blade, and focus on technique.
How can you win the point? If you continue to feed the ball that the opponent love? Or you just attack the ball to his backhand side (and he is a good blocker)?
Do you know the 80-20 rules of table tennis? Do you know that on the table, there are 3 positions that you should always aim for?
How to fix: Start learning about the tactics. This will open your eye. You will now understand that “table tennis is the chess game with the speed of light”. Know where to serve, and where to attack.
10. Don’t have your own style
And the final but not last mistake is not “having your own style”. It could due to your coach! That he didn’t guide you correctly! Maybe your coach didn’t know in the long run, how to develop your skill and your style.
You can not play like “Ma Long” and “Zhang Jike” at the same time. They have a different style, and “micro-adjustments”. Some players have a good forehand topspin, but they don’t have a good “set-up” serve to attack.
Some players have a good tricky serve but don’t have a good weapon like a forehand smash, or forehand loop kill to finish the point.
Or some players are backhand dominant players but don’t have a good reverse pendulum serve system to incorporate with. Or you have a one-wing forehand attacker, but your backhand flick is so weak.
How to fix: Learn from the pro, the best players. They are the best “combo-style” that worked! That’s the reason they are the top players! Because their style works great and helps them win! So develop your own style with a good coach, and copy the pro’s style.
Should I copy pro's playing style in table tennis? Nguyễn Anh Tú (Tú Mẩu)
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So there are the top 10 most common mistakes in table tennis. There are also many more mistakes. In general, to correct these deadly mistakes, you need to:
Avoid and fix these mistakes as soon as possible. You will find a new horizon for your table tennis. Please share the article and support us. I hope that they can help you improve to the next level. If you find my tutorial helpful, you can support me by searching “Patreon emratthich”.
Table tennis coach in France since 2012, founder of pingsunday.com (the best online coaching program for table tennis players). Born in Vietnam in 1983, Ph.D. in Université Pierre Marie Curie. Read more about him.