win with your playing style

How to win with your playing style

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Today, let’s learn about “How to win with your playing style” with coach Liu Guoliang, one of the best table tennis coaches.

Coach Liu is considered one of the best coaches about the playing style, practical situations, and tactical advice. In general, there are 3 types of coach: technique coaching, physical and multiball trainer, and tactical coaching.

This is a rare occasion, that we can hear and learn from coach Liu.

How to apply your style in table tennis

In this video, I’ve learned that:

+ During a match, you should control the pace, the spin of your shots.
+ If you can’t win the opponent with the speed, then you should change. Focus more on spin and placement.
+ Don’t play the opponent’s game. For example, if the opponent is fast, then you should slow down the game.
+ Use your strength to win. Play smartly!

Coaching advice for playing style
Coaching advice for playing style

Coach Liu explained Xu Xin’s playing style

Coach Liu explained Xu Xin’s strengths and weaknesses.

Here is the full analysis:

Xu Xin’s strengths:

You have to control the opponent with your heavy spin. Occasionally have a few fast shots and that’s enough. If always play too aggressively, you can’t return fast enough.

Xu Xin's strength is the spiny ball
Xu Xin’s strength is the spiny ball

There are many counter topspin rallies. Slow down and add spin, don’t try to play through your opponent. If you try to do that you make mistakes. Just spin it, even you have good chances. If you can win with 8 shots, don’t end it with 5. Until your opponent’s mentality is destroyed, that’s how you win.

You know your specialties. So just make sure your forehand training is solid. That’s where you compete with people. If someone has a more solid forehand, a stronger mentality than you, and a more advanced playing style, you can’t win and that’s ok.

Think back to when you play against Kenta Matsudaira and Jun Mizutani. When you are playing well you are undisturbed, taking your time. If you play as fast as your opponent, that’s not you. You can only do it occasionally.

You need to be able to handle the pressure. That’s your style. It’s unlikely to get sweeping wins, like Fan Zhendong or Ma Long. This is your style, you need to be self-aware and properly adjust your mentality.

On the court, you need to fight point by point, no matter who is your opponent. You’ve been like this since young. It’s unlikely you can develop an aggressive style. You can’t do it before, it is even harder now.

Right, so it just depends on the opponent. You play your stuff he plays his. This way you will be more comfortable.

Xu Xin’s weaknesses

When I am watching how you were walking, your rhythm, whether you are leading, being caught up, even until you don’t have a good winning tactic. It’s all good enough.

Xu Xin's playing style is not good for counter attack style and fast counter
Xu Xin’s playing style is not good for counter-attack style and fast counter

You can rarely win by 3:0, not even before. You should prepare for 3:2. For singles, this is the way.

For later matches, you guys need to work together, try to find the rhythm Xuxin’s familiar with. Sometimes, try to lob it. If your opponent starts to worry about your lobs your opportunity comes.

In the beginning, you were thinking one, two three. Including in counter topspins, slow it down.

You have to control the opponent with your heavy spin. Occasionally have a few fast shots and that’s enough. If always play too aggressively, you can’t return fast enough.

Do you still remember the time? Your opponent has to slow down and add spin and you can do the same. You have to make a heavy spin. Without it, it’s too difficult for you. You are not comfortable playing too fast.

At the start, you are always looking for the first timing, if it is wrong, you go for the second timing or the third timing. It’s different afterward, you wait for half long if it is long you loop it, if it is short you push.

This is the rhythm you should play with. This is how you beat Harimoto. Your spinny loops make your opponent tense up and then you win.

You are doing the right things in the end. Heavy spin backspin with high toss or hook serve. Your opponent has to slow down to add spin and you can do the same. If he pushes you still do spinny loops.

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