Thoughts on Table Tennis


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28 comments on “Thoughts on Table Tennis

  1. Hello, as first thing thank you for these more than interesting articles. It is a shame that it seems to be no more new articles.
    However, searching by keywords on the search bar I jumped into your articles and so I noticed that your article list here miss some of them; so I would like to ask you if you can upload the list by inserting all the articles?
    Thank you in advance.

  2. Hi yodaoftt. I would like to know from you as to why we should not use soft rubbers on bh( why rakza 7 soft is not a good bh rubber and why rakza 7 is a better choice for bh)

    • Hi Gaurav Sharma,

      soft rubbers aren’t bad per se on the backhand side.

      However, the higher the balls speed the less options you get in terms of return placement and safety.

      Close to the table they are good to start the attack and maintain it from half distance, but they fall off quickly if you are on the defense close to the table ( here in the sense of blocking not chopping etc. ).

      For most amateurs, softer backhand ( as well as forehand ) rubbers seem! to be a good setup.

      As mentioned, this only holds true to a certain level.

      As soon as you are expected to handle the opponents strong attacks you are either limited to sticking close to the table and have a higher risk of not hitting the table because you can’t reduce the speed of the ball sufficiently or you need to go back into half distance looping.

      The half distance strategy isn’t good because against decent players you won’t have the time to recover from receiving a short serve to your forehand and then go into the half distance to counterloop the incoming backhand over the table loop of your opponent.

      You are instead expected to handle the opponents third ball attack close to the table with a spinblock/counterloop where you face the problem of overhitting the table as written above.

      That’s why I always roughly recommend to get atleast medium / medium hard rubbers instead of soft rubbers.

  3. I’m really glad to have read your article about blades.. This is really what I’ve been wanting to read and learn more about…. It’s so good that I read it five times. Great job.


    Lamitan, Basilan, Philippines

    • Hi again Jerico,

      thanks for the kind words.

      It’s also always fascinating again to see, that fellow table tennis fans like you from all over the globe visit the site and read the articles.
      What a world and time to be alive :).

      With best wishes from Germany to the Philippines


    • Hi Kevin,

      thanks for the kind words and the inclusion to the list.

      Currently there are two articles in the pipeline (influence of height,beginner: fast rubber y/n) which are almost done but I have no certain deadline. One article will be probably published in the next month.

  4. Will there be any new posts soon? All really good articles.

    Maybe one on what serve/spin get what return and what spin is on the return and best way to return your own spin from your serve?

    My(yoda) edit of your second post: Maybe the science of dealing with no spin?

    • Hi Mark,

      I merged your two questions into this one.

      I’m not sure when a new article will be ready.

      The serve idea is good and I’m working on it, but I’ll probably have to split the serves into their different types (pendulum,reverse pendulum, etc.) and write seperate articles on each.

      Your no spin idea is good aswell and I’ll start thinkering on it.

      I’ll make a seperate subsection between “article list” and “links” called “wishlist” so readers can have a better place to suggest things and roughly know what I’m working on.

      Thanks for your suggestions and – if you like – let me know, which aspects you especially want to have covered in these articles.

      • Thank you – great idea with the wish list, but you might just have given yourself alot of work😉.

        Good luck with your applications.

        The science of no spin – what happens when you hit on different parts of the ball and how to deal when it’s short best options. Could be a part 2 to the avoiding spin article.


  5. Becouse there aren’t any new post my level of play is constantly getting lower and lower. Please write some new article. I will be beaten by everyone is it continues.

    • Hi Vaczi,
      I’m sorry to hear that :D, but I’m currently quite busy with writing my diploma thesis. Additionally, the next article on tacky rubbers probably won’t increase your playing level aswell. But if you have a certain topic you want to have covered let me know.

      • I have some ideas which I would love to be covered. My footwork is very bad, and since I have long legs, and I learnt to walk quite late, and I’m also very bad in dancing I think my coordination is not that good in that area. So I think I’m the kind of people to whom everything needs to be told step by step what to do and why.

        First I can see that top players get from a to b in not a straight line, they walk on a curvy shaped path so that they get near the ball sometimes. I think in my is only that I move a little bit towards the area I’m expecting the ball and thats all. If I expect it further then I rush. But I don’t have many different speeds. I think that two is all. Is that ok?

        Also I was taught that if you move to the left then your right foot should be moved towards that direction first. then the other one moves only after the first.
        However top players I think make small movements with the other one first. Is there a theory besides that?

        • Hi Atti,

          sadly I’m still not able to produce good videos so my footwork videos will have to wait a bit. However, I think the Drill Your Skills videos of Stiga are quite good (11 parts) and also the chinese footwork videos of bordtennisexperterne.

          Your teached rule of starting a movement towards the left with moving the right foot in that direction is wrong in my opinion. The basics of a leg movement for a movement to the left are the following:
          – place your weight on your right foot
          – push your body with your right foot to the left
          – the moment your feel your weight is transferred to the left foot push yourself upward with your left foot. The resulting movement ist a large slide to the left.
          This works for a balanced stance ( feet parallel ) and for a one sided ( let’s say forehand stance with your right foot almost parallel to the tables endline and your left foot slightly infront) stance. However, you can travel greater distances with a one sided stance.

          The first five vids here are good aswell although the explanation isn’t always helpfull. Just watch the movements and understand the weight transfer.

          If you are a tall player you might want to copy Samsonovs minimal footwork. However, remember he only has to move minimally because he antipates well and chooses his strokes and placement accordingly.

          I wouldn’t differentiate between different level of movement speeds because it doesn’t give you any benefits. A movement is good if you:
          – reach the ball in time
          – have a good transition to the next stroke
          – move efficiently ( staying low during the weight transfer etc.)
          – don’t injure yourself by doing so over a long time.

          Regarding your path question(linear curved), of course you can do all movements with a slightly different pushing direction and a different amount of body rotation ( example: step around footwork, see last link) to get to the right position in a shorter amount of time compared to two seperated movements.

          I hope I understood and answered your question sufficently well – if not, let me know. 🙂 Yoda

  6. can you make an article about table tennis blades, about how the following affetcts in game use : # of plys, materials used etc

    • Hi Dan,


      For pure table tennis topics like the blocking issue I mainly use decision trees to find all options. After that I try to find a set of arguments to rate them in terms of their difficulty.
      Then I check if I covered the whole issue and for logical loopholes.

      For articles which are mixes of table tennis and other fields like psychology etc. I start at Wikipedia to get a general overview, add my personal experience, watched matches and try to make a layman introduction into the field.
      If possible, I link sources so the interested reader can continue reading there.
      Empiral articles are hardly available for table tennis and if they are they often have limited value.

      In a nutshell, the articles are my personal opinion and I don’t claim that they are the ultimate truth or the only available point of view.

      In that regard I like the quotes:

      “Believe Those Who Are Seeking the Truth; Doubt Those Who Find It” – Andre Gide


      “It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong.” – Richard P. Feynman

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