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How to Improve Your Consistency in table tennis

How to Improve Your Consistency in table tennis

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The ability to play consistently and to make fewer mistakes is critical for players of all skill levels. Your ability to develop and progress your game will be greatly enhanced if you are confident that your shots are safe and that you do not commit many errors.

This is the training forehand of Andre Gunaya from Indonesia. Both players (the attacker and the blocker are focusing on consistency).


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how to improve the consistency in table tennis
Watch this video: how to improve the consistency in table tennis


How to Play Table Tennis More Consistently

Chinese coaching focuses a lot on consistency. Here are my tips to improve your level by improving consistency.

Tip 1 – Don’t go 100% of the force

Some amateur players tend to hit the ball too hard. They hit so hard then they often miss the ball. This is an unforced error.

Don't hit too hard to improve the consistency
Don’t hit too hard to improve the consistency

Please remember that table tennis is not about force. It’s not that the player who hit harder will win more. No! There are other factors like: the spin, the variation, the rotation, the placement, and the consistency.

In table tennis, that is the player that makes fewer mistakes will win more.

Tip 2: Try to feel the ball

Feeling the ball is very important.



Because of the dangers of hitting your shots too hard or putting too much pressure on them, consistency can suffer if you don’t have a good feel for the ball. You can improve your consistency by brushing the ball better and allowing for more spin.

Ma Long has a great control and feeling of the ball
Ma Long has a great control and feeling of the ball

More spin, then more control. So the consistency will improve. The error will reduce.
I have explained how to feel the ball in this video.

Try to feel the ball with your hand
Try to feel the ball with your hand

Tip 3: Shorten your strokes

Strokes should be shorter. The longer a player swings, the more time they have to recover for each shot, which results in a greater chance of making a mistake on each shot. When you can repeat your shots and make fewer unforced errors because they are short and compact with good recovery, you’ve succeeded.

shorten your stroke
shorten your stroke

Pro players try to shorten your stroke. The shorter stroke will also improve the timing.
Watch this video, I have explained this concept.


Video: How to Improve Shot Quality in Table Tennis

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Ding Ning - Shorten stroke in table tennis
Watch this video: Ding Ning – Shorten stroke in table tennis

Chinese coaches focus on the shot quality in table tennis. Let’s learn how to improve the quality of your shots by shortening the stroke. Chinese National Coach gave a good tip to Ding Ning to increase the power and explosiveness of her shots.

At the new level, you need to do the longer stroke. Longer stroke helps you to master new skills. But then, you need to shorten it.

 


 

Tip 4 – Keeping the same stroke gesture

Don’t change the stroke gesture every time. Repeat and have the same gesture. As a result, your shots become tense and difficult to repeat if you constantly alter the angle of your bat during a shot.

Keep the same gesture will increase the consistency
Keep the same gesture will increase the consistency

Spin levels can be increased by keeping the bat on one smooth plane during the follow-through and recovery.

Tip 5 – Staying low and get the power from the ground

In table tennis, the lower stance player will have a higher chance to make powerful shots. Remember this.

Keeping a low profile is a great way to avoid attracting unwanted attention.

stay low and focus on the ball
stay low and focus on the ball

If you find yourself standing up all the time, you’re not able to quickly adjust to different ball placements and lose position, which leads to a drastic drop in consistency. As a result, you must maintain a low center of gravity and keep your weight forward in order to make quick and dynamic adjustments and get into the proper position.



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