Robo-Pong 2050/1050: Drills 1-5

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If you are a beginner table tennis player, I would recommend starting your practice with drills 1-5 on the Robo-Pong 2050 or 1050.  With the spin set on TOPSPIN and the head angle set at TWO, select the drill number and begin.  If the drill is too fast, then give yourself more time between balls by adding +20% on the wait adjust.  As you progress, make it more fun and challenging by decreasing the wait adjust, giving you less time between balls.

Drill #1

One ball will be thrown to your backhand and one ball to your forehand.  Get into position, line up your body with your feet at equal distance from the table, line up your body so that the ball comes to your belly-button, and swing going forward.  Next, move your feet into position to the forehand side with your right foot slightly back (for righties) and stroke the ball.  All of these balls have topspin and you may be hitting the ball off the end of the table.  In that case, close your angle down and focus on hitting closer to the top of the ball.

Drill #2

The ball will now be thrown one to your wide forehand and one to your middle.  Use your forehand on both of these balls.  Focus on getting into position then hitting the ball.  Also, try to keep your balance – no leaning or reaching allowed!

Drill #3

This drill is a great combination of the first two drills implementing footwork to link your backhand and forehand.  One ball will be thrown to the backhand, one to the middle, and one to the wide forehand.

As a challenge, sometimes use all forehand to make the footwork more intense, and sometimes use backhand from the backhand corner.  Also, focus on placing the ball well, particularly at the middle (player’s transition point) and wide angles.

Drill #4

This is the most advanced of the first five drills because it combines moving side-to-side with moving in-and-out.  The first ball is thrown to the short backhand, then suddenly to the deep forehand, up to the short forehand, then deep to the backhand.  The drills continues in that cycle until you push the stop button.  Also, you can set the timer or number of balls so that the robot automatically turns off after a set time or ball count.  I would recommend starting at 1-2 minutes for the first week.  After several months of training, you should be able to perform the drills for 5 minutes without a break – what a workout!

Drill #5

The Faulkenberg drill covers the most common patterns in table tennis - first to the backhand, second to the backhand (but use your forehand on this ball), and third to the forehand.  Usually, in table tennis, players will first play to your backhand if it is weaker, next you might want to step around and play your strong forehand, after that you opponent sees the open court and plays to your wide forehand.  After playing a forehand, he will probably pick on your backhand again.

Once you have established solid basics and can consistently put 90% of the balls on the table, try moving to the next series of drills, which are more advanced.

Samson Dubina

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Phil Kaplan
Phil Kaplan
Thanks, Samson, I appreciate your description of the drills.

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