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aerial
10-20-2015, 08:53 PM
Hey guys, open to constructive criticism :)

Rochester Tournament

https://youtu.be/-4ori54Fn7E


https://youtu.be/ITiykRuwxUI


https://youtu.be/zwrrVv66ZcQ


https://youtu.be/iwLhuUNrzlM


https://youtu.be/Azj08NBPbsU


https://youtu.be/JZNnhEM6ThE


https://youtu.be/w8psao1DB3g

Westchester Tournament


https://youtu.be/HcKcSwcAf2Y


https://youtu.be/ZJEASXaL9TM


https://youtu.be/SXinTxamViI


https://youtu.be/IWDRb6mgYbA


https://youtu.be/ME_Gs-wnsiU


https://youtu.be/oRVxqhSV6sM

With the help of TTD, my USATT rating will become... OVER NINE THOUSAND!!!!! (
https://youtu.be/SiMHTK15Pik )

NextLevel
10-20-2015, 09:24 PM
Ariel, you don't trust me?

Is your first opponent using pips?

BTW, if you had told me that you were going to Westchester, I could have met you there or at least agreed to meet on Sunday. How did you do?

NL

NextLevel
10-20-2015, 09:42 PM
Your forehand topspin finishing position is the lowest hanging fruit. You swing too low and shallow and the inconsistency leads you to not trust it when swinging hard except on very easy balls.

If you finish in the salute position consistently (you do the underspin salute decently, but have no topspin/no spin salute), your stroke will be better calibrated and will improve rapidly. You don't need to do the exercise in the video below - just swing and finish in that position. If the ball is going long, close your paddle more or come round the side more but always finish at your forehead like in the video. Once you fix the path, you will be surprised how easily it will change and improve on its own. I have been doing this for six months and now play forehands that make me want to kiss myself. The height of the finish means that your shot will always have a topspin orientation that will keep it safe. The path also means that you would have offered a good swing path to contact the ball and you will whiff less because you will swing forward and not upward if you consistently try to play over the ball. Sometimes, your swing is currently much too vertical. Finishing properly at the eyes/forehand should fix that.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hMn3JdmesA

aerial
10-21-2015, 12:51 AM
thanks for the tips NL :)

NextLevel
10-21-2015, 01:01 AM
I know it seems like a tip but consider it a major technical fix that even you incorporate into some of your better shots. It's a common seperator of amateur and pro technique. To accommodate it with a smooth swing, your stroke might need other changes. Post some video of your early attempts so I can guide you through it. In person, it would take 10 mins but you never know remotely.

aerial
10-21-2015, 01:26 AM
Ariel, you don't trust me?

Is your first opponent using pips?

BTW, if you had told me that you were going to Westchester, I could have met you there or at least agreed to meet on Sunday. How did you do?

NL
I don't think either of my first opponents at either tournament were using pips--most likely dead-ish inverted rubber.

I didn't know I was going to play in that tournament myself haha--was in the neighborhood and ended up playing. I lost a close match in the semi-finals, couldn't read the tomahawk serve to be back-side or top-side and that really hurt me. I called a timeout down 5-0 in the fifth and made a comeback but it was too little too late. Good experience all in all though.

Shiro
10-21-2015, 01:58 AM
You seems to know some of the basics. It is good you toss the ball but when you toss the ball when serving, it looks like on some serves, you are contacting the ball a bit too high. For my suggestion, you should practice serving short. Not only is it easier to control when the ball is in the air, but its easier to make the serve shorter as well. I know this as i used to have a high toss serve too, but changed to a smaller toss as it made my game better. As for your forehand topspin, you seem to have the stroke correctly, but you're not moving in with the stroke. It looks like when the ball comes to your forehand, you sort of stand still a bit and just swing. If you want more forward momentum and to have the ball land on the table more, move your body forward with the stroke. The more forward and spin you have, the more likely the ball will go in the table.

NextLevel
10-21-2015, 02:41 AM
I don't think either of my first opponents at either tournament were using pips--most likely dead-ish inverted rubber.

I didn't know I was going to play in that tournament myself haha--was in the neighborhood and ended up playing. I lost a close match in the semi-finals, couldn't read the tomahawk serve to be back-side or top-side and that really hurt me. I called a timeout down 5-0 in the fifth and made a comeback but it was too little too late. Good experience all in all though.

The pirate is not the player he once was, but that was a good win regardless. Like I said, your stroke technique on both sides is sufficiently poor and your movement sufficiently good that you could be 1800 very easily with fixes that seem minor but are major.

On your backhand, your elbow is trailing the stroke not leading the stroke. To fix your backhand, you need to think of yourself pulling a sword out of the sheath either on your belly or your left hip to the point it straightens out. That pulling feeling is the right way to play a backhand, not the waving you do which I admit to being guilty of at one time myself.

NextLevel
10-21-2015, 03:16 AM
I don't think either of my first opponents at either tournament were using pips--most likely dead-ish inverted rubber.

I didn't know I was going to play in that tournament myself haha--was in the neighborhood and ended up playing. I lost a close match in the semi-finals, couldn't read the tomahawk serve to be back-side or top-side and that really hurt me. I called a timeout down 5-0 in the fifth and made a comeback but it was too little too late. Good experience all in all though.


The tomahawk was blatantly illegal and the difficulty of reading that kind of tomahawk is one of the reasons why a ball toss became necessary to add to the rules. I tell people that it is too easy to control the ball height when no toss is done. If I were you, I would have called an ump, but I don't know how confident you are in the legality of your serves.

aerial
10-21-2015, 03:40 AM
you know, during the match I never thought of the legality of the service but after you mention it, the toss does seem short. heh, maybe I should have called him out on it, oh well. also, my own service is 100% legal ;)

Ilia Minkin
10-21-2015, 04:47 AM
I think that if you cut your receiving mistakes and improve your timing and precision of footwork on 3rd/4th ball attack, your rating will hit through the roof :)

UpSideDownCarl
10-21-2015, 04:54 AM
I want to talk strategy. I watched the first 2 and then parts of the third and last videos.

What are you thinking you want to accomplish with your serves? If you were to say where you think you serve to most, where would that be? Is there a reason why you serve to almost the same place, the same speed, the same hight, so frequently? Are your serves long serves or short?

What got me thinking about this is that, in that second video, you are playing a guy, Ed, who, obviously, from body language, you can tell, did not want to have to receive a serve with his forehand. And in that match, you served every single serve right to his backhand. Not long, not short, not half long. Long enough and high enough for a good player to loop the serve into next week. But not long or fast enough to be considered a real long serve. And definitely not short enough to double bounce or make an opponent have to think if he wanted to wait for it to come off the edge or take the ball over the table. All your serves are actually in the classic area that you never want to serve in. The bounce on the opponent's side is not near the net and it is not near the edge. In fact it is pretty close to half way between the net and the edge.

Now every once in a while you do a different serve. But almost all of your serves are telegraphed. If your opponent is paying attention, he should know exactly where your serve is going to go almost all the time. In the first three matches, in the parts that I watched fully, I only saw ONE serve go to the FH side.

It would be worth it for you to learn to use short serves to set yourself up. It would be worth it for you to learn to vary your serve placement better. To have a plan of what you are trying to force your opponent to give you so that you can take control of the point with your serve and third ball. If you do serve long you should make the ball bounce as close to the white line on your side and on your opponent's side as you can. And if you are going to serve long, your long serves should be much faster. But, faster from wrist, not from shoulder. In the match with the guy with the illegal tomahawk toss, you start trying harder with your serves. The result is more arm and a higher serve. Not what you want.

aerial
10-21-2015, 02:41 PM
thanks for the long post and analysis of my match play

NextLevel
10-21-2015, 03:22 PM
thanks for the long post and analysis of my match play

I probably shouldn't piggyback too much on a good post, but one thing that you will realize as you get better is the importance of serve and receive. So what Carl is telling you is not a small thing. What he is telling you has the potential to give you the biggest improvements to your game when facing better players as serve quality and location is what determines whether you will even stay in the point or not. Lower level players just give you the ball back, but better players learn that he who gets to shoot second almost never shoots, so they try to jump on anything loose.

If you have a strong third ball mindset (and I think you do, but you need to execute it with better spin oriented technique), you need to be able to serve with different levels of spin to different points on the table with similar looking serves. I would recommend you work harder on your pendulum and watch the ITTF Serving Basic Skills video where they explain how to get spin variation on the serve and the basic ideas for keeping it short. I would also recommend you develop a good backspin serve and a nospin variation. These serves are enough for anyone with your mobility and you can add one more serve with reverse sidespin (either the backhand, tomahawk or reverse pendulum) for variation in case an opponent hates that sidespin.

When you practice, you should practice looping long serves even if your partner is a lousy server. Have him serve you 20 long serves and loop them - the forehand serve looping stroke is usually shorter than the full rally loop and intended to give the return a low and well placed trajectory over the net, sometimes spin, sometimes drive. The backhand strokes are usually fairly similar.

UpSideDownCarl
10-21-2015, 03:44 PM
Having the attitude that you want constructive feedback is really great and gives you an advantage in getting better.

From the technical side of things NextLevel's feedback is really great and worth trying to work on.

To me, from the technical side, I think it is interesting how, when facing a long push your FH loop is pretty decent and then, often, when facing a fairly easy topspin ball that you are ready for, and have the ball lined up, it seems strange how often you take very tentative 1/4 strokes. I can't even call them half strokes because it is much less than half. And yet, your stroke when facing a long push is pretty high quality: so the issue is not your stroke but your comfort with looping topspin.

Also, as NextLevel noted, how, often when you are taking a fuller swing vs a topspin ball, your stroke ends up not following through over the ball (and up towards your forehead) but instead you end up going across your body towards the opposite shoulder at about shoulder height.

I think you need to practice looping vs block and then counterlooping vs moderate topspin loops. Because you don't seem to want to hit topspin vs topspin. Even when you get a high ball to crush you are hitting it more flat rather than spinning it.

But the idea of wanting help in learning what to work on and improve means you have a real good attitude that will help your skills progress.


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aerial
10-21-2015, 04:33 PM
you know I always considered my loop against backspin to be a weakness of mine because I wasn't putting enough pace and going very vertical for a slow safe high arcing spinny loop that let my opponent kill the ball, which made me to really focus on that stroke. I suppose my loop against topspin needs more work nowadays..

SchemeSC
10-21-2015, 04:50 PM
My opinion is that this guy has the potential to be a massive 3rd ball attacker, just as soon as he gets more comfortable with his FH and learns to LET GO. His serves are promising in the sense that he already has the ability to bounce the ball close to his endline and still keep the ball short on the receiver's side, which is a pretty high level concept.

But serves like the one at 23 seconds in the first video need to be punished. Start doing it right away, even if you miss. Please do not get in the habit of being soft against long, slow serves.

NextLevel
10-21-2015, 05:15 PM
you know I always considered my loop against backspin to be a weakness of mine because I wasn't putting enough pace and going very vertical for a slow safe high arcing spinny loop that let my opponent kill the ball, which made me to really focus on that stroke. I suppose my loop against topspin needs more work nowadays..

Both strokes are relative weaknesses in terms of consistency and technique but your backspin form and kill is much better than your topspin form and kill from an ideal perspective. I had similar issues. In my experience, looping backspin competently if at all requires you to learn to finish on the same side as where the stroke started from unless the ball is really easy. Looping topspin properly has a similar but more complicated requirement. But most lower rated players don't need to learn to loop topspin properly because they mostly deal with easy balls. So unless they have coaching, they can get away with bad form. So your topspin form is bad, but it is adequate for the easy topspin balls you play against. If you played against 2000 level topspin strokes, then the limitations would be more apparent. The same for the backspin stroke, but I can see you making more of those.

Most lower rated players learn to loop properly first against backspin and to some degree against block, but loops against blocks are not tests of proper looping as I explained above. Loops against backspin are the first real tests of looping most lower rated players get. The two other real tests are looping no-spin/dead balls (not light topspin but real dead balls that barely have any spin at all as the looper needs to generate it all and can't drive the ball using the existing spin) and looping heavy topspin balls/counterlooping (especially close to the table) as controlling heavy topspin can be a nightmare until you get used to it.

I would only work on the topspin looping just for the experience and to get you ready for the higher levels as you won't see it often and may struggle to find it unless you have the right level of practice partner - what you need to focus on are loops against blocks and loops against backspin and then throw in some loops against topspin to round things out, but not as a focus. But if you can counterloop topspin, you will break 2000 pretty fast - because you will never feel in danger when your opponent loops at the lower levels - when I loop, most players block so a counter topspin is pretty scary if I see a player U2000 doing it close to the table.

But if you focus on the right finishing position for the loop being played and try to finish at the 90 degree shoulder/elbow for all your loops with the right racket angle for the loop, everything will naturally fall into place as the loop will naturally calibrate it self. For countertopspin, the racket tends fold forward or more flat over the forehead for that stroke. For backspin, it tends to look more open at finish, but still a little forward. But in any case, there are all kinds of looping positions defending on how you contact the ball. Just try to finish with the right snap, start with the right backswing and you can figure lots of things out using different contact positions.

NextLevel
10-21-2015, 05:22 PM
My opinion is that this guy has the potential to be a massive 3rd ball attacker, just as soon as he gets more comfortable with his FH and learns to LET GO. His serves are promising in the sense that he already has the ability to bounce the ball close to his endline and still keep the ball short on the receiver's side, which is a pretty high level concept.

But serves like the one at 23 seconds in the first video need to be punished. Start doing it right away, even if you miss. Please do not get in the habit of being soft against long, slow serves.

He is going to be a good player - he just needs someone to show him how to spin the ball properly.

SchemeSC
10-21-2015, 06:06 PM
Also, please do not underestimate the importance of the "unsheathing the sword" comment that Nextlevel made above. Take a look at this backhand that you played versus Gary:

http://www.infinitelooper.com/?v=iwLhuUNrzlM&p=n#/181;184

If you look closely at your elbow and your elbow only, you will notice that your elbow remains perfectly stationary throughout the stroke. You are generating absolutely zero snap from the elbow. Do not be afraid to experiment with each of the following 2 things:

1) On the forward part of the swing, allow your elbow to move out laterally (to the right hand side from your perspective). Your elbow can have a bit of freedom to move outwards. Watch the Henzell video.

and

2)To make your backswing, press the elbow forward just a bit in order to allow the forearm and wrist to retract in a relaxed manner.

What you are doing is sticking your elbow out and then consciously thinking about waving your wrist and forearm at the ball. Relax your wrist and forearm. At this stage, It's going to be nearly impossible for you to relax your wrist too much. Your wrist should be extremely active on the backhand, but it is active due to the relaxation and proper usage of the elbow... not by you consciously trying to wave at the ball with with it.

NL made a video for me about "Unsheathing the Sword" that was quite useful. Maybe he will share it with you either through PM or this thread,

aerial
10-21-2015, 07:16 PM
thinking back to times when I used a robot to drill my strokes, I remember being extremely sore and tired from drilling my stroke against long back spin, but for hitting against long topspin, it seemed effortless. I think the real reasoning behind this is I couldn't really take shortcuts for the backspin, I had to use the body and really lift and go forward whereas for topspin I'm guessing I didn't even loop, probably ended up driving the ball or even flat hitting instead of trying to spin it

NextLevel
10-21-2015, 07:32 PM
thinking back to times when I used a robot to drill my strokes, I remember being extremely sore and tired from drilling my stroke against long back spin, but for hitting against long topspin, it seemed effortless. I think the real reasoning behind this is I couldn't really take shortcuts for the backspin, I had to use the body and really lift and go forward whereas for topspin I'm guessing I didn't even loop, probably ended up driving the ball or even flat hitting instead of trying to spin it

You're catching on fast.

I have told the story a few times now, but when I was 1700 and stagnating for about 5-6 months with up and down results, I had just lost to a guy 0-3, 0-11 in the 3rd and I was mildly depressed going home. I asked my coach and practice partners what I needed to do and they told me that I didn't spin the ball. And I thought I did and protested. We have an inside joke in my club where someone says, "You don't spin the ball..." and one of my partners responds , "But I do spin the ball!" and everyone laughs because we remember that day.

My loop after that day still had technical issues but one thing I did try to do was spin more. And it showed up pretty quickly vs. backspin and topspin, but my technical issues capped my ability to counterspin vs topspin. That's why the fix I am telling you to make is a big deal.

That said, with proper timing on the stroke, your athleticism should make looping any ball fairly easy. You just have to learn to do it.

sebas-aguirre
10-21-2015, 08:08 PM
so what's your usatt rating aerial?

aerial
10-21-2015, 08:09 PM
1400 something

am I the best 1400 something rated player you know or what? :)

edit: excluding all the underrated california juniors of course... ;)

UpSideDownCarl
10-21-2015, 11:54 PM
You just have to learn to do it.

In aerial's case, it may not even be that he needs to learn to do it. It may be that he has to practice doing what he kind of, sort of, almost knows how to do already but just isn't comfortable doing it because he doesn't practice it. Could be.


am I the best 1400 something rated player you know or what? :)

Nah. You are not alone. There are lots of players who have some skills that make them look good when playing but don't have all of the pieces of the puzzle to put it all together. When that happens and you put things together, your level will go up pretty decently.

I have a friend who is an ex-pro tennis player who can rally topspin to topspin with 2300 level players and play on par with them but he won't practice serve and receive and he totally sucks at it. If he plays an 1800 level player and can get past, just the serve, there is no way they can beat him. He doesn't like playing pips but I forced him to learn and understand how they work. His actual rating is old. It is in the 1400s. He would probably be in the 1700s now. But that is just because I made him learn enough to get most Under 1800 serves back. And even if he gives the a shitty high ball and they open, an 1800 opening is usually not good enough to take control of the point on him. And his serves are worse than his receive of serve at this point.

But if he could play the first 3 balls, whether serving or receiving at an 1800 level he would probably be 2100!!!!!! Oh, also, fast serves do not work on him. That is suicide. He can read the spin on fast serves because the pace allows him to read the spin. Not the case with the slow, short serves. And he definitely hits harder than anyone (with his forehand) with amazing consistency and A LOT of spin.

I watched a guy who is 2500 serve fast serve after fast serve to him and he got them all back with no problem. I had trouble getting back 2 in 10 and my returns were not good.

Then, if I serve slow, short serves and I can make him look like a fish out of water. His serve and receive skills probably are about 1300 as long as the opponent's serves are short.


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aerial
10-22-2015, 12:03 AM
damn, I just wanted to be the best of the other end of the spectrum and you had to take that away from me too huh? :-P

UpSideDownCarl
10-22-2015, 01:55 AM
damn, I just wanted to be the best of the other end of the spectrum and you had to take that away from me too huh? :-P

Hahahahaha. No, he is the best 1700 level player ever. He's no longer 1400s even if his rating is. His last tournament was years ago.

aerial wins the prestigious award of best 1400 level player ever.


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Der_Echte
10-22-2015, 04:48 AM
Ariel, I looked at ONLY the match you lost vs Dmitri, the last match vid you posted near the bottom of your post.

In game 1, you lost a LOT, I mean a boatload of points because you were playing upright like a center pole. You made a few BH loops or BH topspin receives of serves, but you made errors in every kind of shot. You would make a an opening shot, finish a little off balance to the rear, take a big step to the rear, then when opponent played a softer shot to you, your shot was an error, you were too far back for the ball he gave you. You did that a LOT. Depth control of where you play killed you.

In game 2, you seemed to make an effort to get lower, but as soon as you hit your first ball, you played upright again. Often, when you were able to see an easy chance to topspin, you would get down before you hit. You were more consistent and that won you the game.

Ditto for game three, you did a little better staying low and not missing shots. You were confident. You missed several BH loops by trying to do a BH loop when the ball was in your FH side.

You lost game 4 and you failed to realize was caused it and it cost you the match really. You made EIGHT errors on BH topspins of serves or long underspins you wanted to attack. WHY did you miss all of these??? If you look at teh vid again, you will see that on nearly every BH tospin you tried to make, you were too far back for the ball given and tried to loop the underspin ball when it was too far in front of you. Sometimes you were close to the table and just hit it way too far in front of you reaching too much. Sometimes you tried to BH loop a ball that was going to your FH. You cannot be 3 feet off the table or even two sometimes and expect to land a high percentage of BH openers vs those soft balls he was giving you. As the game went by, you kept trying and trying to fight through it, as you know you got a good BH opener, but you were so out of position (or too eager to get the shot off and NOT wait for the ball to come to your zone) Each time you went for such a BH, it killed you and overcame all the other good shots you made.

You made the same mistakes in Game 5 in critical points, and the same BH mistakes from game 4, although you fought well to come back into the game. If you were able to better control your playing depth, stay lower, and hit the ball in your zone better, you would have had that game.

Those things will come with more attention and work at it.

aerial
10-23-2015, 04:25 AM
sigh, I pulled my lower back... tried too hard at a club in the binghamton area today. they had a robot setup so I tried to make my strokes against topspin better, mainly the forehand loop emphasizing going forward touching my head and the backhand unsheathing the sword. on top of that also played matches. almost got away injury free but decided to take up someone on a second match. I usually don't do that but I played so crappy against his long pips I just had to take him up on it and on the second point of my first game I pulled the low back on a forehand loop against a dead ball... and I didn't even make the lousy shot.

Der_Echte
10-23-2015, 04:30 AM
Another thing we have to consider about ariel is that where he lives, there is not exactly heavy TT action going on. There is a club (really rented out gym space where people in range of 1000-1800 playing level meetup and play matches basically) in his local area (he is in Syracuse, right?) that meets once a week on weekends for a few hours and sometimes one more day a week. Rochester is an hour or so away, With a similar place to play kinda setup, but by the time he gets there, that leaves 2 hrs or so to play.

Not being able to play so often and having to dig into the forums for TT growing isn't mission impossible, but it isn't as optimal as if he he more frequent/better TT opportunistic near him. TIMES are changin', so maybe it shapes up for him in 2-20 years.

NextLevel
10-23-2015, 04:30 AM
sigh, I pulled my lower back... tried too hard at a club in the binghamton area today. they had a robot setup so I tried to make my strokes against topspin better, mainly the forehand loop emphasizing going forward touching my head and the backhand unsheathing the sword. on top of that also played matches. almost got away injury free but decided to take up someone on a second match. I usually don't do that but I played so crappy against his long pips I just had to take him up on it and on the second point of my first game I pulled the low back on a forehand loop against a dead ball... and I didn't even make the lousy shot.

Always be relaxed when practicing and playing - it makes your timing better and the timing makes up for what you think is the power you are getting from over-exertion. There is no need to get injured in this sport unless you refuse to listen to your body when it has pain from bad repetitive use. If we had pro level demands, the story might be slightly different, but we are not. Don't try to do more than your technique can sustain. Give it time to grow. As you slowly do strokes, your body will assign resources to build strength and timing. Rushing hurts the process by adding conflicting muscular tension.

Feel/get better soon. Cheers.

UpSideDownCarl
10-23-2015, 04:33 AM
Hope the back gets better fast.


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Der_Echte
10-24-2015, 04:42 AM
Ouchie :( :( :(

manosb
10-25-2015, 07:21 PM
ariel needs to improve a lot of things.For exampe his cuts he plays wrong cuts and lifts the ball the other one can smash easily.He need a lot of work

NextLevel
10-25-2015, 10:07 PM
ariel needs to improve a lot of things.For exampe his cuts he plays wrong cuts and lifts the ball the other one can smash easily.He need a lot of work

Many people need a lot of work. If you have coached people who didn't learn as children or worked on you game as an adult learner, you will appreciate that it is not easy to learn as an adult unless someone is teaching you and knows how to teach you. Aerial doesn't live around good players so he can't learn from them easily.

People are often very secretive and stingy with TT knowledge and some people don't teach unless they get paid. So therefore, I may mock aerial because I know his friends and where he plays, but I know that 3 years ago, I was doing what he did so I cannot be too harsh in judging him, more so because he has asked for help.

UpSideDownCarl
10-26-2015, 01:56 AM
I find it hard to learn even though I am around a lot of good players. It takes a lot of hard work and and effort and you have to understand what issues to focus on first.


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NextLevel
10-26-2015, 03:01 AM
I find it hard to learn even though I am around a lot of good players. It takes a lot of hard work and and effort and you have to understand what issues to focus on first.


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I agree. I was framing it more in the context of manosb's post. Nice high level players, if you are around them, might come over and diagnose you. Aerial doesn't play in that kind of place.

UpSideDownCarl
10-26-2015, 03:17 AM
I agree. I was framing it more in the context of manosb's post. Nice high level players, if you are around them, might come over and diagnose you. Aerial doesn't play in that kind of place.

Yep. I know. I was driving home the point that, even with help when you start as an adult it is an uphill battle and every little change you make there are 20 more and you end up unlearning one as you try to learn the next. So I was just supporting your statement.

I was talking with this guy Matthew Khan who is about 2450 and we were having the discussion about how hard it is for older guys like me to learn. He was actually referring to a particular student of his and how he feels he really needs to be detail oriented and give a lot more explanation for every detail but that, he also has to really work hard to drill the new skills or the old habits come back.

It is tough to continue improving as an adult. No question about that. And a vague comment like: "you've got a lot of things your doin' wrong, buddy!" Without much constructive advice may not be all that helpful.


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aerial
04-12-2017, 05:01 PM
after a long hiatus i have come back to the sport

here's a match versus someone mountain-tops above my current level

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jX8fRk72DMs

he suggested i posted it here to get some advice :) he said he would have posted it himself but he didn't want to come off as show-off-ish.. haha..

7:30 into the match, he asks if i have a game-plan and it was concluded i was basically backed into a corner. he said that's my first problem already. my rebuttal was i was trying to keep my serves low short and close to the net to avoid any out-right winners and that i decided to not serve topspin since he seemed to have some good flip kills. he then advised against fore-going the topspin serves because variation is an important key to matches

in the third game, i ended up trying to experiment more on service since he mentions that they are all too easy to read

i mean, when playing an opponent that is leagues above myself, he's right when i asked him what his game-plan was. i just had too many weaknesses against him for him to have to even need a game-plan. my service receive was bad against his serve. my serves were basically all attack-able. i don't really mind losing to a player like this as it feels normal.. but when i lose to a short pips/long pips old dude who depends on my mistakes... that's what kills me inside haha

Xylit
04-12-2017, 07:03 PM
I have just watched your first few serves, if you are the guy in the black shirt.

1) Try to place the ball's first bounce much nearer at the net on your side --> serve won't be that long
2) Try to hit the ball when serving near table heigth niveau --> serve won't be that high

NextLevel
04-12-2017, 08:06 PM
I agree a lot with your analysis, aerial.

When you play someone rated over 2000, if the gap is more than 400 pts , it really begins to get ugly really fast if the person plays a modern looping or attacking style as 2000 is about the level where serve and serve return have been sufficiently prioritized to reduce errors and capitalize on low quality balls. David could be as high as 2200 for all I know and it wouldn't matter almost whatever you served, he can attack it and use you for practice in short pushing. You don't have great serving technique so your shorter serves have low spin and bounce high which is a bad combination. Longer serves are not fast or deep enough and still lack enough spin to make David hesitate. So I am not sure why he asked you to post this.

That said, it might be a good starting point for showing you the kinds of serves and returns you need to develop someday. I tell people that being able to serve the short heavy backspin serve is a standard requirement for looping table tennis. It is the one serve that some players do not try to devastate without regard for human life. Even if a little high, the spin can protect you against overrated players.