Robo-Pong 2050 Drill #6 Variations – Roger Dickson


Drill #6 on the Newgy Robo-Pong 2050 table tennis robot is one of my favorite drills as it always works your transition from forehand to backhand. But the other great thing about drill #6 is that it has a lot of flexibility!

For Beginning Table Tennis Players: I use drill #6 with the Wait Time +30, so the focus on correct body positioning and stroke mechanics can be reinforced while still working the transition. If an 80% success rate is achieved over several timed passes, the Wait Time should be decreased. As the comfort level of any skill increases, the Wait Time can be moved back to the original designed Wait Time for any drill (00).

For Intermediate Table Tennis Players: Drill #6 is done in 5-2 minute series or what I refer to as passes. In the first pass the Wait Time is +20 and just a block is used, in the second pass the Wait Time is reduced. The third pass adds a stroke control element, as the player alternates between the block and a mild topspin stroke (topspin counter) and a reduction to +10 for the Wait Time. The last two passes are the same unless an 80% success rate is achieved, then the Wait Time should be reduced to 00.

For Advanced Table Tennis Players: The number of passes (5) and duration (2:00 minutes) will remain the same but new elements can be added at the discretion of the coach or trainer! The first pass could now start with the racket control element of block and counter but the speed would now start at 00. Again use the 80% success rate as a guide to move forward, if the consistency is not achieved stay with that setting until it is achieved. On pass two the player could now be asked to return the ping-pong® ball to certain locations (example: 1st Backhand block up the line, 2nd Backhand loop to middle – 1st forehand block short cross court, 2nd  forehand loop to short middle).

Obviously, as the skill level is increased the Wait Time can be reduced as long as the integrity of the stroke is maintained! The same holds true for the Ball Speed, you can add to it as long as the stroke is not breaking down.

Group Table Tennis Training with Mixed Skill Levels: As a coach, I set the Wait Time and Ball Speed a little higher than a beginner would normally be comfortable with but as they are not doing the entire time, they generally like to “challenge” themselves to do as well as their peers and have the beginners just block or counter the pattern and the higher level alternate counters and loops from the two positions. By doing one set per person, it becomes a team building drill and a very good test of footwork for the drill pattern and for overall movement in and out of the ping-pong® table area!

Roger Dickson

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