A Few Useful Table Tennis Tips from Michael Landers

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· If you win the choice to serve, receive, or choose ends, it’s not a bad idea to choose to receive. If your opponent serves first in the table tennis match, you’ll be serving at 9-9 or 10-8 in the first, third, fifth, and seventh games. Having the service advantage at these crucial points in a match really does make a difference and can be the difference between a win and a loss.

· Keeping track of the momentum in a table tennis match is key. For example, if your opponent scores a few quick points, slow down and think about what just happened. Too often players tend to rush playing and don’t ever take the time mid-match to analyze why they are winning or losing.

· When receiving a serve, don't follow the ball as it rises and falls after it is tossed. You might lose sight of it in the lights above and become confused (especially on high-toss serves). The best thing to do is watch only the ball’s contact with the rubber to see what kind of spin is coming your way.

· Although playing intensely from point one can be beneficial, it can also be harmful depending on who your opponent is. Sometimes fighting for each point and showing how determined you are to win can cause the other player to fight even harder as well. This especially comes into play if your opponent is a significantly stronger table tennis player than you are. It might not be the best move to get them fired up as well. Try to keep your cool and take one point at a time. The mental aspect of the game is just as important as the actual playing.

Michael Landers

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