Table tennis is a fast game. Some players asked me a heavy issue – Will a few extra pounds impact your game?
Could you play table tennis even though you are a little fat? The answer is no. Being overweight or fat is not a big problem in table tennis.
Ye Minghui – Being “sturdy” is not a big problem in table tennis
Ye Minghui, the fat guy has won Wang Hao twice in the National team. Here is the video about him:
This is the Pro versus amateur competition in China. The fat guy is classified as the “amateur level” in China. His name is Ye Minghui. However, he is not a real amateur player. He is fat, he doesn’t move but his feeling is amazing.
His opponent was playing one-sided, attempting to out-topspin him at every opportunity. Reading the spin arc and rotations is more important than ever. It is critical to make that decision and ‘alter’ your paddle angle based on the clearance from the arc over the net and the subsequent bounce you anticipated. During the competition, his opponent frequently misjudged the amount of rotation of the spin, which was either too light or too heavy. That caught him off guard, and he didn’t move his feet or modify his positions accordingly. As a result, he was either too late or overhits from a long mid-distance, frequently at an angle where he was at a significant disadvantage.
Ye Minghui’s most powerful thing is that he didn’t make any unnecessary mistakes. In table tennis, if you control the spin then you can win easier.
This player was exceptionally astute, alternating between light and deep chops to keep his opponent guessing. Also, he has a terrific deceiving long, deep serve with an extreme undercut, similar to a breaking ball in baseball. A sped-up variation of the “ghost serve” that just handcuffed his opponent.
Ye Minghui is born in 1985, he defeated Wang Hao in 2002 and was later selected into the national team. However, due to fierce competition, he was not selected as the main lineup, so he went to university in 2004. He later played in the Lisbon Athletic Club in Portugal.
The fat guy has won Wang Hao twice in the National team. He has a deep understanding of rotation!
We are talking about Ye Minghui. I should use the word “sturdy guy” but not “fat guy” to refer to him. Because in Vietnamese, or in Chinese, calling a guy is fat is funny, but not offensive. Sorry for that.
Is being fat a big problem in table tennis?
Being fat does not affect anyone in table tennis, as long as the player knows how to play their own strategy properly. Ye Minghui just plays using very simple techniques. He has a smooth and calm playstyle. His service and placement are absolutely incredible.
Regardless of the size of this wonderful player. There are two immediate things that come to mind: 1. The understanding of the rotation of the ball, and 2. The feeling between the way he struck the ball with his paddle.
This is a very nice game between Ye Minghui (a retired Chinese national player) versus the active National Second Team, Li Yijie. Ye Minghui’s movements are getting more and more fascinated, and the hand feels so real.
And this is the very good player from the Chongqing University team challenge Ye Minghui (a retired professional player). The level gap is too large. Being big doesn’t matter in table tennis as long as the player knows how to play their own plan correctly. This explains why he defeated Wang Hao twice on the National PRC Team. Despite the fact that he was not chosen for the elite top group. This also demonstrated how deep the PRC Table Tennis is. It’s terrifying for the rest of the world to figure out how to catch up.
So my verdict is that: Being fat is not a big problem. This could be great motivation for overweight players who wants to improve in table tennis.
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Coach EmRatThich was born in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1983. He started playing table tennis at the age of 8. After finishing his Ph.D. in Paris, University Pierre Marie Curie (Sorbonne University) in 2011, he is now a table tennis coach in a small club in France (about 153 players). Interested in table tennis coaching for a global audience, he founded pingsunday.com, one of the best online coaching programs for table tennis players. Using the Chinese coaching philosophy, his table tennis lessons are free, which allows many table tennis players to improve fast. He can speak English, French, Vietnamese, and a little bit of Chinese.