Bringing Your Play to the Next Level

For many table tennis players, the feeling that they may have reached their peak level of play is not uncommon. This is usually when the players that you can beat, and that can beat you stay the same for an extended period of time.

Or what’s worse is that players you used to beat are now beating you. While you may feel you are getting worse, you most likely have reached a plateau.

Players often respond by changing rackets, blades and/or rubbers. Which unless they have a particularly poor racket or old rubbers does not get them to the next level.

Some players increase their practice time, however simply playing more will rarely get you to the next level. That is because in most cases, you need to change your strokes, footwork, or game/match strategy. It is also necessary to change muscle memory.

The following suggestions for getting to the next level are based on our experience and observations.

Find a coach who can analyze your play, and create a player improvement plan tailored to your needs.

Build drills into your practice sessions that your coach recommends.

Seek out playing partners a level or two above you. A good way to do this is joining a league.

Be more fearless in your play, you may lose more at first, but as the old saying goes it is not whether you win or lose, but how your play the game

We look forward to seeing you at the next Level!

Author: admin

ABOUT ME I am a union and community activist with varied interests. These include: Politics, Social Justice, Canadian literature, the Opera, Theater, photography, golf (when it is not too serious), and walking the sea wall (when it is not raining too hard). I have also re-discovered my passion for Table Tennis, as both a sport and Leisure activity. In the fall of 2007 I suddenly lost my partner and the Love of my Life – Barb Brown. Included in her legacy to me are many fond memories, a wonderful family, and some very special friendships, and some of the more refined interests noted above. As an avid reader and CBC fan – I have yet to pick the winner on CBC’s “Canada Reads”. But I have found winners in the books nominated. One of my favorites is “Rock Bound” by Frank Parker Day – I recommend clearing your schedule before starting to read it. Since one of my two Bengal cats is named Rebus, some of you will rightly assume I am an Ian Rankin fan. My other cat is named Theo (short for Theophilus, which was the name of a character on the series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century). So in spite of my passion for Can Lit, I also enjoy good movies, mysteries, historical fiction, science fiction, and even non-fiction. In the non-fiction category; the Golden Spruce is one of my favorites, and is so well written that it was like reading a novel. Unfortunately my favourite bookseller Duthie Books closed at the end of February 2010. I am currently in the process of winding up AMM First Services Ltd,the consulting company I set up with my kids after retiring from CUPE in 2009.While The work I have been doing for Unions, NGO’s and non-profits has been rewarding, I am looking forward to devoting more time to my other interest.