Why Ping-Pong? Part 5 by Liliana Kohann

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Amazing for my Health

I haven’t written for a while, but I’ve kept playing Ping-Pong® at the Newgy Table Tennis Center this whole year, with the exception of this July, when I went back to my homeland, Poland. My beloved father had passed away. I miss him horribly and a big part of my life is missing. Sadness is a part of life and I try to go through this stage by honoring my father, and by trying to keep getting better in everything I do. I know that that’s what he would want me to do. I made some big changes in my life, and made some good choices. The majority of those changes relate to my roles as a mother and as an entrepreneur. But two choices were related to my health. One: I will work on becoming a better Table Tennis athlete. Two: I WILL go for a medical check-up, for which I am really overdue.

Regarding Point (1), I did start playing table tennis more with the plan that I would actually start learning, and learning consistently. I often heard from other players who would give me feedback about my playing, that my stroke was inconsistent. So, how do I gain consistency? One of our best players here, Slawek Rybski Waclawik, who is also from Poland, who is very consistent, (he makes amazing custom bass guitars!), played with me one day, and as we played, he told me exactly what I was doing wrong and gave me some good points:

“Look at the racket as an extension of your hand. Finish your stroke - don’t stop your stroke right after you hit the ball. Complete your motion. You hit the ball when it is too close to you. You have to adjust your body position to the ball. Sometimes you have to move away from the ball so you can hit it in an appropriate distance from you. Of course, do it over and over the again. It doesn’t matter if you keep hitting the net. As you practice correct motion, eventually the ball will go where you want it to go.”

I took his advice seriously and now I am working on it as much as I can. I already see that my ball has more curve, and that I am moving even more, as I do need to often move away from the ball. (Before I was either jumping toward the ball, or standing in one place).

Now, time for my medical check-up!

P.S. My medical check-up was great. The most important part of it was ultra sounds of my veins in my left leg. A while ago I had a car accident and ever since that time I had problems with circulation in my leg. My tests results were the best EVER. The doctor was pleasantly surprised: “Whatever you are doing, keep doing it!”

Oh, yes, I’ll keep playing Table Tennis. It does wonders for my spirit and my body!

Liliana Kohann

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