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TableTennisDaily
03-10-2016, 01:24 PM
Hi everyone,

One of our next guests on the TableTennisDaily Podcast (http://www.tabletennisdaily.co.uk/podcast/) is Timo Boll! Timo Boll is one of the greatest European players of all time and is the only non Chinese player to win matches against the top Chinese players of the current generation. Timo has posted victories on Zhang Jike and Ma Long at Olympic and World Events. Timo is a 6 time European Champion and 5 times Europe Top 12 winner.

Germany's Timo Boll achieved world number 1 status in January 2003 and has an Olympic Silver medal in the team event in Beijing 2008. Timo is well known for his fair play and outstanding sportsmanship and is an ambassador and role model for table tennis.

Simply submit your question below! We will select the best questions and use them in the podcast!

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Baal
03-10-2016, 02:10 PM
When Timo pushes and returns serve, his forefinger seems higher up the blade than most other players. Has he always done that and is their an advantage to it and does he recommend that?

Also, what is the most common mistake he sees in serious amateur players? What is the best way to improve without training 6 hours per day?

Ilia Minkin
03-10-2016, 03:56 PM
Timo, do you do shadow play in your training? Did you do it when you were younger and did it play a big role in your development?

Tom TTD
03-10-2016, 04:10 PM
Timo, which are the best match specific exercises to use in training sessions before a tournament ?

Lucas Nascimento
03-10-2016, 06:04 PM
Hey guys!

My words to Timo:

"Hey Timo, how are you? Timo, I'd like to know the point of view that you have about the brazilian players. How do you see guys such as Gustavo Tsuboi , Cazuo Matsumoto and specially Hugo Calderano (after a loss and a win in the TTBL) in a possible confrontation in the Olympics? Do you see these guys as a risk? What are your thoughts and vision about brazilian table tennis? Hugs from a brazilian fan!"

Thank you TTD Guys! :D

Shiro
03-10-2016, 09:44 PM
When ever you are down a few points in the final set of a game, what are some tips you can give to help calm yourself down to play more smart?

fais
03-11-2016, 12:06 AM
why does he think boosting is unfair? If ITTF revoked the boosing is illegal law, would he still think it's unfair?

Since sponsored top tier athletes have nicer equipment and the ability to change out expensive rubbers much more frequently than average players, what measures can be taken to level the playing field? What does he say to those who think allowing amateurs to boost helps level the playing field since there equipment options are for the most part inferior?

fais
03-11-2016, 12:09 AM
Also, how many tenergy rubbers does he go through in a month?

Also, also, say hi to Dirk Nowitzki, from a mavs fan

ttmonster
03-11-2016, 02:56 AM
Two questions :
1. As somebody who has gone through a lot of injuries in your career , you have learnt to optimize your practice time. How do optimize your practice and still compete with players from China who have been practicing 6 + hour a day since they were six years old ?
2. Since your game favors fifth ball attack more than third ball attack, what do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of such a strategy as compared to a third ball attack strategy ?

Yecats Encerwal
03-11-2016, 02:19 PM
Hello,

Not sure when the podcast is happening, so hopefully I'm not too late!

If you could give us players one tip on how to keep calm under pressure (i.e not lose at 10-4 up) what would it be?

If I am too late for the podcast, has anyone got any useful tips?

Thanks! :)

NDH
03-11-2016, 02:30 PM
Hello,

Not sure when the podcast is happening, so hopefully I'm not too late!

If you could give us players one tip on how to keep calm under pressure (i.e not lose at 10-4 up) what would it be?

If I am too late for the podcast, has anyone got any useful tips?

Thanks! :)

Do the same as 10 of the last 14 points ;)

Haha, other than that.... Be consistent.... I've seen people tend to try and play the glory shot to win..... Soon it becomes 10-6, then 10-8.... All of a sudden you are under pressure just to win the set.

If you've won 10 points already..... Either carry on doing exactly the same, or be very similar with a touch more focus and consistency.

NDH
03-11-2016, 02:32 PM
Question for Timo:

Outside of China, do Pro's believe there is a difference between Black and Red rubbers?

I've seen him play points with both Red and Black on forehand.

Yecats Encerwal
03-11-2016, 02:41 PM
Thanks for your reply!

I try my best not to change anything when I hit 10 points, however I must be overthinking things as I start making basic mistakes! I recently lost in the semi final of a tournament after being 10-7 up in the fifth set. The guy I lost to went on to win 3-0 in the final against an opponent that I would have faired just as well against.

Further to this, I was 2-1 down and 10-4 up in my local league match and ended up losing 12-10! I need to keep my focus I think!

Christine97
03-11-2016, 02:53 PM
How long did it take you to enter the real top? And how could you also beat the world Chinese players? That's just amazing! How did that winning feel, just like any other game, or just a little better because of the Chinese, the 'best' players so far?

MaLongPower
03-11-2016, 03:56 PM
When Timo pushes and returns serve, his forefinger seems higher up the blade than most other players. Has he always done that and is their an advantage to it and does he recommend that?

Also, what is the most common mistake he sees in serious amateur players? What is the best way to improve without training 6 hours per day?

This an invention of the Trainer Helmut Hampl called "Druckpunkttechnik" (tl: pressure point technique).
It is a controversial technique even in DTTB. Patrik Franziska uses it too.

Austinemmons
03-11-2016, 04:14 PM
Germany today is one of Europe's best countries for producing high-level players such as yourself. I live in America and almost everyone here plays only recreationally, and very very few people go professional. Do you think that if America as a country had as much interest in Table Tennis as Germany, we could produce any world class players?

Baal
03-11-2016, 04:28 PM
This an invention of the Trainer Helmut Hampl called "Druckpunkttechnik" (tl: pressure point technique).
It is a controversial technique even in DTTB. Patrik Franziska uses it too.

It would be interesting to hear Boll's take on this.

SquareBall
03-11-2016, 05:05 PM
Do you think table tennis provokes injuries more than other no-contact sports ?

Thomash
03-11-2016, 08:42 PM
Please choose this one!
"Timo, if you could change one lost match in your career into a victory, which one would it be?"

anchorschmidt
03-11-2016, 10:17 PM
I have a few, pick any that you like :)

1. On many occasions, there is a general pattern in your matches against Chinese players. You seem to have a hard time in the beginning but become more and more dangerous as the match goes on. Examples are the WTTC match against Ma Long in 2013, WTTTC 2012 against ZJK, WTTTC 2010 against Ma Long, World Cup semifinal against ZJK in 2014, WTTC against FZD in 2015. Matches against Ma lin and Wang liqin at the 2006 WTTTC, Olympic match against ZJK in 2012. How do you manage to adapt to such high level opponents and become stronger and stronger as the match goes on? How do you manage to adapt and think of better tactics than high level players?

2. Why do you win against Mizutani so easily (23:1) compared to Dimitrij Ovtcharov, who seems to struggle against him every time? What is it about your game that is so effective against him?

3. You are known for your very spinny topspins. Is there anyone else who can produce as much topspin on the ball as you can? :)

Kevin Geraldy
03-12-2016, 03:09 AM
Question for Timo:
1.Do you boost your rubbers?

2.Who's harder to beat? Ma Long or Zhang Jike?

3. What's the weight range of your blade?

NextLevel
03-12-2016, 03:36 AM
You have a fairly unique looping technique with lots of use of the wrist - how did you develop/evolve it?

You said in a recent interview that your rubbers are available to everyone. Is this really true? Some people say that pro rubbers are sent by the manufacturer in batches and hand picked by the pros, so that the pros use much harder rubbers than what is commercially available. Or that pros get rubbers from the center of the produce rubber cut and this rubbers are higher in quality...

What specific aspects of your game do you wish were better so that you could compete better with players like the top Chinese (backhand blocking, forehand flicking etc.)

How does one get better at generating spin - what specific drill would you recommend?

Suga D
03-12-2016, 03:16 PM
This an invention of the Trainer Helmut Hampl called "Druckpunkttechnik" (tl: pressure point technique).
It is a controversial technique even in DTTB. Patrik Franziska uses it too.


It would be interesting to hear Boll's take on this.

@MaLongPower: Good One.
This is really interesting. I also hope Timo can elaborate on this.
I personally know a few players who have practiced under Helmut Hampl, like Christian Dreher, Jochen Kaiser, Philip Butterfass, Tobi Beck, Thomas Keinath or Arash Momeni, but none of them ever mentioned that term in front of me. Sounds like a well kept secret. ;)
I know the term 'Druckpunkttechnik' from Martial Arts and others, though. First time I hear this related to tabletennis.

Well anyway, here are my questions:

Firstly i'd like to ask Timo what he thinks would be necessary to uplift the image of tabletennis in europe away from a playground activity more to a professional sport.

2nd) since his Game is based so much on rotation, shouldn't on major events the best P-Balls available be used instead the ones from the company that sponsors/pays most?

Last question: if the top players were forced to use non boosted standard equipment does he think the world Ranking list would look different?

All the best, strength and health to him for the Olympic Games and the Future.
Thanks a lot for bringing us so many beautiful moments in tabletennis.

MaLongPower
03-13-2016, 11:56 PM
You can see the use clearly when Timo is receiving with the forehand. The indix finger is pointing upwards and is planted in the middle of the backhandrubber. This allows much more control while flicking and pushing. The downside is you need to adjust the grip afterwards.The grip in generel needs to be really lose and relaxed(racket pointing upwards in the starting position). Timo also has a special made thicker straight handle on his ALC which makes adjusting eazier.

Here is the reference form the book:Timo Boll My China
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My Questions to Timo are:

Why is there such a lack of talents between 17-22 in germany?

Why aren t Franziska and Walther catching up with you and Ovcharov? Lack of motivation?Training in China required?

In what kind of direction table tennis is evolving in the future? More backhand dominant ?
Werner Schlager in the mytt interview("Beginning of a new Age") and J├Ârgen Person in the ttd podcast mention that there is less variation in the sport.Basicly every player uses just serve, backhandflick receive and counter-spin close to the table.
They regret that the sport is loosing versatility

Ilia Minkin
03-15-2016, 03:38 AM
Timo, many top players have huge swings on the serve action. But your serve is extremely compact, though you generate tremendous spin. How can you do that?

raazzz
03-15-2016, 02:50 PM
What is the most important thing for you when it comes to equipment? :)

RajaLoopah
03-15-2016, 03:15 PM
Pro Tenergy? Is there such a thing? :)

karan705
03-22-2016, 09:45 PM
What is the hardest sport in your perspective?

VicVoc32
03-23-2016, 12:19 PM
What do you think about the ball change?

JeffM
03-28-2016, 11:08 AM
Out of the top 4 Chinese players, who do you think you will have the highest chance of winning against them, and why?

What is your happiest moment so far in your career, and what is your immediate next goal in table tennis?

With table tennis, you get to travel to many places for competitions, what is your favourite city in terms of travelling / sight-seeing (not talking about achievement wise)?