The Importance of Receiving a Serve By Michael Landers

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After competing in two I.T.T.F. Junior Circuits in China this summer, I found a few large holes in my game that I am now trying to fix. The main difference between all of the players I lost to in the table tennis tournament and myself was the quality of my receive. I often found that the slightest mistake of misreading the spin on the ball led to an instant point in my opponent’s favor. All of the players’ third ball attack was so strong that if I even popped the ball up a little bit or let my return of service slip half-long off the edge of the table, they would initiate the attack and put me on the defensive end of the point.

In the United States, the majority of us ask ourselves, “How can we improve our rally games?” However, when playing internationally, the question becomes, “How can we find a way to get into the rally if we can’t keep their serve short, can’t return their short push back short, and are always on the defensive end?” I cannot stress to you how important the seemingly trivial aspects of table tennis are. A quality service return can lead to keeping the opponent on the defensive end and helping you win the match.

Lately, I’ve been practicing my short game with my Newgy Robo-Pong 2050 table tennis robot. This robot has the ability to feed an enormous amount of underspin, sidespin, or a combination of the two. I’m confident that this will help me reach the next level, allowing me to compete against players at a much higher level.

Michael Landers

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