Balancing Your Practice Schedule by Michael Landers


It has come to my attention that many table tennis players have one thing in common: they either don’t practice enough and play too many matches or practice too much and don’t play enough matches. One of the keys to success in table tennis is balancing practice time with match play accordingly. You don’t want to do too much of either one. Last year, I spent the months of July through November only training without playing any tournaments. When I went to Baltimore to play the large team tournament on Thanksgiving Weekend, I found that my head was still in practice mode. I simply forgot what it was like to compete in a tournament and found myself becoming very flustered. I hadn’t competed for months and treated my match situations as if they were simply practice, thus resulting in a few rough losses.

Before going to China this summer, I balanced my schedule by training on my Newgy Robo-Pong 2050 three to four days a week and playing matches one to two days a week. I made believe the matches were tournament matches because without pressure, playing matches can be meaningless. I found that I started playing better and better by balancing the time spent on the robot with the amount of matches that I played.

Many players also complain that no one will practice with them, so they are forced to only play matches at their club. My solution to that is investing in a Newgy Robo-Pong 2050. The robot can literally do everything. The upgraded digital program lets you program drills with the ball speed, frequency, and placement however you want. The Robo-Pong 2050 is a great practice partner to have, and I can personally say that it has helped my game and stamina improve tremendously.

That’s all for now,

Michael Landers

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