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Proper practice


There are hundreds of educational books about table tennis but only a few are practice-oriented. With this little article I would like to give you some basic ideas on how to create a good training session. Further articles following this idea are under making. In the end you should get complete compilations of different exercises.

Main aspect of a training session

A training session should always base on a main aspect to follow. One of the most famous main aspects is the forehand topspin, a special technique or the footwork. At first this is a good beginning but often it makes sense to differentiate this. Just an example: if you would like to focus on your forehand topspin, then it makes sense to focus on special parts of the stroke sequence like the footwork, the hip rotation or the acceleration of your arm. Another option is to draw your attention on the tactical aspects of the forehand topspin like placing, speed, spin or ball curve.
In any case you should try to give your players the chance to test the freshly learned techniques in service and return. Testing these techniques in combination with other shots and using the special footwork makes sense to tighten the learned movements.
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„Learning motions“ is a very extensive topic which flows into different scientific theories and models. Concerning table tennis Paul Klingen used the four basic ideas

• from simple to difficult
• from know to unknown
• from simple to combined
• from rough to fine

already years ago to fix seven methodological principles which are still valid:

  1. From diagonal to parallel play
  2. From slow to fast play
  3. From wide-ranged to short play
  4. From indirect to direct play
  5. From simple to combined play
  6. Play with increasing spin
  7. Play with increasing physical requirements

To keep it simple just have in mind: from simple to complex

You should follow this guideline not only for a single exercise, also complete training sessions can be structured like this increasing the level of difficulty step by step.

Worth knowing facts

Further examples to come soon!

Well, I hope this short introduction includes a few hints for your personal training or the training that you create for your club. The training lines which are about to come soon can be used completely or slightly changed for your training.

Best regards