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Table Tennis Tactics Part 1

Table Tennis Tactics Part 1

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Tactics generally rely on three main skills:1.The ability to keep the ball in play2.The ability to play the ball to certain areas of the table, and3.The ability to apply pressure on your opponent by using different types and amounts of spin, and different speeds, in order to create openings and hit winning shots. 
 So let's take a look at six useful tactics you can use ...
 6 Table Tennis TacticsUse the following tactics to improve your game:1.Play on your opponent's weaknesses2.Play consistently and don't make unforced errors3.Move your opponent around the table4.Vary your strokes5.Vary the speed, spin and direction of your strokes6.Play to your own strengths 
 Let's look at each of these in turn ...
 Tactic 1 - Play on your opponent's weaknessesTo play on your opponent's weaknesses, you'll first need to work out what they are.If you haven't seen your opponent play before, you'll need to discover them for yourself duringthe match. Play the ball to different areas of the table, using different strokes, until you find aweak spot.Once you've discovered a weakness you'll then need to try and exploit it.
 
Perhaps your opponent is weaker on the backhand side than the forehand side. Or maybe they'reweak against high returns or againstheavybackspin or heavy topspin.Remember, the weakness may not always be where you expect it. Tactic 2 - Play consistentlyOne of the best table tennis tactics you can employ is simply to keep the ball in play for longer than your opponent.By becoming consistent on all your strokes you can often win points by default, as your opponent will make unforced errors.This obviously requires
 practice, practice, practice
.
 PRACTICE DRILLS - Here are some practice drillsyou can use to help you develop this tactic.
 Tactic 3 - Move your opponent around the tableIs your opponent agile? Does he have good footwork?By playing your shots to different areas of the table, try to work out the most advantageous areaswhere you can place the ball to move or wrong-foot your opponent.For example, change direction from forehand to backhand ... or play to wide positions.Alternatively, vary the length of your shots, playing one close to net and then one towards theend line of the table.
 PRACTICE DRILLS - Here are some practice drillsyou can use to help you develop this tactic.
 Tactic 4 - Vary your strokesIf you play the same shots time and time again, your opponent is more likely to get used to them,and be able to anticipate them. So you should try to use a variety of strokes to beat your opponent.For example, don't play all your shots to the same place on the table. Also, vary the speed of your shots and try to use a wide variety of different strokes. 
 
Tactic 5 - Vary the speed, spin and directionAs I said in table tennis tactic 4 above, if you play the same shots time and time again, your opponent is more likely to get used to them, and be able to anticipate them. So you should try tovary the speed, spin and direction of your shots.By impartingtopspin, backspinor sidespinon the ball you can make it more difficult for your  opponent because the flight path of the ball and the height of the bounce will vary. Tactic 6 - Play to your own strengthsWhilst the above 5 table tennis tactics are important, it's also important to remember that youshould play to your own strengths.You should try to impose
your
style of play on your opponent and not let him dictate the match.For example, if you have an attacking / offensive style, try to play your best shots as early as possible in the rally. This will stop your opponent from dictating the course of the point.Let's look at three general styles of play and their relevant strengths and weaknesses ... 1. Attacking / Offensive style
Strengths
1.Will gain maximum advantage from third ball attac2.Can vary spin and speed3.Continual use of topspin makes it difficult for opponent to make opening
Weaknesses
1.Very physically demanding2.More time needed to recover, slightly longer strokes3.Vulnerable to changes in pace, to upset timing 2. Counter Hitter/Blocker 
Strengths

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