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TableTennisDaily
12-10-2013, 10:47 AM
Hi everyone,

Liam Pitchford has signed up to the TableTennisDaily website and is willing to answer your questions! Liam Pitchford has been nominated to win sports person of the month in the region around Ochsenhausen where his table tennis club is based! Liam is amongst 5 other athletes. TableTennisDaily has been following Liam's success for some time now with his incredible achievements which have sparked some interesting topics such as the nature vs nurture debate.

The 20-year-old Englishman has been nominated due to his success in the Bundesliga and international tournaments. Liam jumped a staggering 73 places to world number 54 in the recent November ITTF rankings!

To vote for Liam Pitchford simply click the link and vote for Liam here: http://www.schwaebische.de/region/biberach-ulm/biberach/biberach-sport_artikel,-Schwaebische-Zeitung-sucht-den-Sportler-des-Monats-_arid,5548405.html

Liam Pitchford (@Liam Pitchford) is registered to the site, any questions you would like to ask him, just fire away by posting below and he will do his best to get back to you :)

TTHopeful
12-10-2013, 11:38 AM
Just voted! Good luck!

Liam what do you think is the biggest change to your game? The last few months have seen you rocket up the ranks!

markog99
12-10-2013, 11:56 AM
at what age did you begin to train table tennis?

Butt Stallion
12-10-2013, 12:04 PM
What kind of technique/playing style did you learn and how do you wanna play in 10 years? (maybe more like Boll or do you prefer harder Chinese's style like Ma Long)

Liam Pitchford
12-10-2013, 12:06 PM
Hi Guys, thanks for all the support on here! Dan is doing an amazing job with the site and I hope it keeps getting bigger and bigger :)

Liam Pitchford
12-10-2013, 12:09 PM
Just voted! Good luck!

Liam what do you think is the biggest change to your game? The last few months have seen you rocket up the ranks!

Well over the past few years I have worked really hard on developing my forehand into a main, consistent weapon and that has really worked well lately but I think the main thing is actually the confidence I have in my game now and the belief to win no matter who I am playing.

Liam Pitchford
12-10-2013, 12:11 PM
at what age did you begin to train table tennis?

I first picked up a racket when I was about 10 years old.

Liam Pitchford
12-10-2013, 12:16 PM
What kind of technique/playing style did you learn and how do you wanna play in 10 years? (maybe more like Boll or do you prefer harder Chinese's style like Ma Long)

I had a Chinese coach for around 5 years with the national team so we were taught a lot about how important forehand and third ball was but I always liked to play backhand so I sort of developed my own style of doing both..I think it's important to be able to play both ways so we will see in the future as I get older! :)

Dan
12-10-2013, 12:59 PM
Hi Guys, thanks for all the support on here! Dan is doing an amazing job with the site and I hope it keeps getting bigger and bigger :)

Thanks Liam I appreciate that! Thank you for all the support you have given us on here, just amazing!

One question I would like to ask is: when you play the likes of Timo Boll for example in the German Open. There was a big crowd etc. How do you remain calm and mentally prepare yourself to play to the best of your ability?

Liam Pitchford
12-10-2013, 01:30 PM
Thanks Liam I appreciate that! Thank you for all the support you have given us on here, just amazing!

One question I would like to ask is: when you play the likes of Timo Boll for example in the German Open. There was a big crowd etc. How do you remain calm and mentally prepare yourself to play to the best of your ability?

Playing in the German Bundesliga has helped a lot to be able to deal with big crowds and nerves etc. I just try to block out all the surroundings and focus point by point.

bzing
12-10-2013, 01:58 PM
Congratulations with all your achievemnts I hope you can reach very high! I have noticed a resemblance in your FH looping to Xu Xin looping even though it's a different grip, the movement is sort of similar, have you been taking inspirations from so known "straight arm" looping from the chinese players like Ma Long, Xu Xin, Wang Liqin?

Do you do any other drills that does not involve table tennis table like leg workouts and such to increase the strength?

Liam Pitchford
12-10-2013, 02:18 PM
Congratulations with all your achievemnts I hope you can reach very high! I have noticed a resemblance in your FH looping to Xu Xin looping even though it's a different grip, the movement is sort of similar, have you been taking inspirations from so known "straight arm" looping from the chinese players like Ma Long, Xu Xin, Wang Liqin?

Do you do any other drills that does not involve table tennis table like leg workouts and such to increase the strength?

Thanks! I have watched a lot of videos of the Chinese and obviously having a Chinese coach maybe there is something that resembles there shots, if I could play like them then I wouldn't mind :) yes of course, I have a personal trainer in Ochsenhausen and we also make physical as a team together. It might not look like it is helping yet but I have felt a big improvement strength wise since I started working with him.

RicardoCosta
12-10-2013, 03:30 PM
1-What age did you starte playing table tennis?
2-What are your rubbers/paddle?
Thats it, thank you.

jackmasterflash
12-10-2013, 03:38 PM
hi liam, like your biggest fan, im gonna grow up to play like you, not as skinny though. what is your daily routine, how much gym do you do.

ollpong_GER
12-10-2013, 04:11 PM
Hi Liam, Is there a differenceyou notced between the british play style and the german? And what do you like abou Germany? Gonne ask for an autograph whn your playng against Grenzau next time ;) . Wish you all the best!

boost tx!
12-10-2013, 04:25 PM
Hi Liam! I really like your technique! I wonder, how do you do to make your body stabelized before and in every shots? Seems like you are using your left hand/arm in a very similar way as many of the chinese do, is there something you are aware of? If so, how is you getting the left hand/arm involved, by tensing the fingers or forearm, or upperarm, or a combination, or something else? What is the best tips you have got from a trainer that has improved your game the most?

Many Thanks!

MDanielCRO
12-10-2013, 07:12 PM
I have two questions : Do you use different grip for Backhand and Forehand and what do you change?
Do you use straight or flared handle?

Burns
12-10-2013, 07:32 PM
Hi Liam, Is there a differenceyou notced between the british play style and the german? And what do you like abou Germany? Gonne ask for an autograph whn your playng against Grenzau next time ;) . Wish you all the best!

Woah, bist du auch Rhinelaender?


Hello Liam, thank you for joining the site, its great to have people with your skill and knowledge join.

What do you think the weaknesses in your game are, and what elements of your game are you trying to improve?

Liam Pitchford
12-10-2013, 08:00 PM
1-What age did you starte playing table tennis?
2-What are your rubbers/paddle?
Thats it, thank you.

I started when I was 10 years old.
i use Korbel blade with Tenergy 05 both sides

Liam Pitchford
12-10-2013, 08:03 PM
hi liam, like your biggest fan, im gonna grow up to play like you, not as skinny though. what is your daily routine, how much gym do you do.

Haha thanks! :) we generally practice table tennis two times per day, morning and afternoon/evening for about 2 and a half hours. I try to do weights 2-3 times a week depending on match schedule..

Liam Pitchford
12-10-2013, 08:06 PM
Hi Liam, Is there a differenceyou notced between the british play style and the german? And what do you like abou Germany? Gonne ask for an autograph whn your playng against Grenzau next time ;) . Wish you all the best!

I don't know whether there is a difference in style but in Germany the training is much more intense and with much more top players, that's why I made the choice to go and live there. Thanks, see you next time!

Liam Pitchford
12-10-2013, 08:12 PM
Hi Liam! I really like your technique! I wonder, how do you do to make your body stabelized before and in every shots? Seems like you are using your left hand/arm in a very similar way as many of the chinese do, is there something you are aware of? If so, how is you getting the left hand/arm involved, by tensing the fingers or forearm, or upperarm, or a combination, or something else? What is the best tips you have got from a trainer that has improved your game the most?

Many Thanks!

Thanks :) I'm not really aware of it but I guess having a Chinese coach may have had something to do with it..I think the main thing that has helped me recently is that my coach told me to be totally relaxed until the moment I hit the ball..it has helped me generate more power on my strokes.

Liam Pitchford
12-10-2013, 08:15 PM
I have two questions : Do you use different grip for Backhand and Forehand and what do you change?
Do you use straight or flared handle?

I change my grip slightly from Bh to Fh but it's not a real big change.
i use a flared handle

Liam Pitchford
12-10-2013, 08:19 PM
Woah, bist du auch Rhinelaender?


Hello Liam, thank you for joining the site, its great to have people with your skill and knowledge join.

What do you think the weaknesses in your game are, and what elements of your game are you trying to improve?

No problem, it's good to be here and give something back to the tt fans!
i don't really want to discuss my weaknesses haha
I'm always trying to improve every part of my game, some things more than others but I don't think any part can ever be perfect so I need to keep improving!

jackmasterflash
12-10-2013, 08:32 PM
Haha thanks! :) we generally practice table tennis two times per day, morning and afternoon/evening for about 2 and a half hours. I try to do weights 2-3 times a week depending on match schedule..
thanx. i figured if i just work on my backhand, forehand, pushing, serve, serve return, fitness and mental ability... i will be as good as you;)

Butt Stallion
12-10-2013, 10:16 PM
Hey Liam,
i saw your matches vs Wang Hao and Xu Xin and i was wondering does the ball really has more spin on their forehands? Because the Chinese players are all playing sticky rubbers on their forehand which prouduce more spin. Did you really feel the difference on the spin or is it as spinny as your forehand?

zjkfanforever
12-11-2013, 04:20 AM
Hi Liam, I'm very impressed by your performance in German Open, beating four quality Asian players in a row. I have a few questions for you if you don't mind:

1. What or who brought you to table tennis?
2. Do you have a specific goal in 2014? Such as breaking into World Ranking 30?
3. Who is your favorite player?
4. Is there a particular top Chinese player you would like to meet in a game?

Thank you for sharing your precious time with us! Looking forward to seeing more of you in future competitions!

Liam Pitchford
12-11-2013, 10:08 AM
Hey Liam,
i saw your matches vs Wang Hao and Xu Xin and i was wondering does the ball really has more spin on their forehands? Because the Chinese players are all playing sticky rubbers on their forehand which prouduce more spin. Did you really feel the difference on the spin or is it as spinny as your forehand?

I wouldn't say there is more spin than European players but I think because of the speed and the quality in every ball it can seem that way.

Liam Pitchford
12-11-2013, 10:11 AM
Hi Liam, I'm very impressed by your performance in German Open, beating four quality Asian players in a row. I have a few questions for you if you don't mind:

1. What or who brought you to table tennis?
2. Do you have a specific goal in 2014? Such as breaking into World Ranking 30?
3. Who is your favorite player?
4. Is there a particular top Chinese player you would like to meet in a game?

Thank you for sharing your precious time with us! Looking forward to seeing more of you in future competitions!

Thanks :)

1. I started when I was at school with some friends just as something to pass the time
2. It would be nice to be ranked in the top 30 and higher but this season I am just focused on working on every aspect of my game and then I hope the results will come.
3. When I was young and even now I love to watch Samsonov play.
4. I wouldn't say there is a particular one, it is just good to get the experience of playing any of them really.

jackmasterflash
12-11-2013, 11:10 AM
sorry, one more question. how good were you when you were 14. thanx

Icemanspirit
12-11-2013, 11:56 AM
Hi Liam great to see you in this forum!
One question: What do you, as a professional player, think of Fan Zhendong?
Thx in advance :)

Yang
12-11-2013, 10:50 PM
Hi Liam

i am half Chinese half British. It is nice to see your recent improvement. I think you have the talent and potential to be a great player. I have 2 questions:
1. Would you consider train in china and maybe join their national league.
2. Do you have plan for 2016 Olympics? Maybe win a medal for the uk:-)

KM1976
12-12-2013, 04:41 AM
Hi Liam,

Thanks for joining and taking time to answer the questions raised by fellow members.

As a player, every individual has his own style and stance. This is built over time and is kind of a subconscious part of our game. However, I want to know that how do good players try and integrate a new shot into their game. For example, if some player is developing his backhand so firstly he would try and hit as many backhands as possible in practice to get consistency.

But let's say, so far in game he would only push or block and not topspin from his backhand. His stance over the years also has become adopted to pushing and blocking on BH side. However, if he now tries to topspin from BH side, the major problem is his stance which spoils the shot. This also makes an individual be out of position or rush into the stroke. I think this happens with everyone. Since due this reason only advance shots feel a bit uncomfortable to start with.

So, what do top players do to adopt and how do they integrate these kind of shots to develop their attack even more? :)

Sorry for such a big write up. I just wanted to explain as much as possible.

Thank you and all the best.

Gilbert Khonstantine
12-12-2013, 10:13 AM
Hi Liam! Im your fans from Indonesia, can you give me some motivation to make me remember it anywhere and anytime?

Michal_Z
12-12-2013, 12:10 PM
Hi Liam, I am really happy that a player of your qualities and such a world known person joined our forum.


i use Korbel blade with Tenergy 05 both sides
My question is - those rubbers, those are not normal Tenergy 05 we can buy, are they?
I heared you get rubbers from sponsors, probably Butterfly, but those are better than normal, is that correct?
Or you just dont care?
How long does one rubber last you?
For matches - do you use always a brand new one?

jorge.urrutia
12-12-2013, 01:27 PM
Hi Liam mi name is jorge ans I´m a chilean psychology student. I etner this forum for a reason, I hope that you can help me. I need to do a homework for sports psychology, it is about the decisions involved in the servoce´s receptions.

All I need to know is the fallowing information.
-How do you receive? specifically what are the stimuli that you put your focus on,? Please be the most specific as you can.

Sorry for my english and congratulations for your victories this year. :)
Thanls !!!

ttmonster
12-12-2013, 01:34 PM
Hi Liam,

We are all supporting you to win the competition :) . I am sure my fellow members will also vote for you and soon we will see you lead the voting from your current third place.
I have a few questions in general about table tennis and about some of the players you have played. I figured you would be best person to answer since you would have played them man-o-man-o :) .

1. How important do you think it is to have a coach during match play ? I have seen some of the top players like Samsonov play without coaches recently and do pretty well.
2. You have played Samsonov . What do you think makes him so special that he has been able to retain the high level and compete with the best till now.
3. A lot of us think that Fan Zhendong and Zhang Jike have very similar backhand techniques ? Is it true ?
and lastly , 4. Do you plan to play table tennis for a long duration or you plan to retire early like the Chinese players and take up an alternate career in your mid thirties ?

Liam Pitchford
12-12-2013, 02:00 PM
Hi Liam great to see you in this forum!
One question: What do you, as a professional player, think of Fan Zhendong?
Thx in advance :)

I think he's a great player...to already be ranked at no.5 in the world and beating the top players, I think he will win some big titles!

Liam Pitchford
12-12-2013, 02:02 PM
Hi Liam

i am half Chinese half British. It is nice to see your recent improvement. I think you have the talent and potential to be a great player. I have 2 questions:
1. Would you consider train in china and maybe join their national league.
2. Do you have plan for 2016 Olympics? Maybe win a medal for the uk:-)

1. Yes I think it is good to go to china for training at some points, we usually go around June time after the European season is finished...I would love to have the opportunity to play in their league for sure, it would be a great experience!

Liam Pitchford
12-12-2013, 02:06 PM
Hi Liam,

Thanks for joining and taking time to answer the questions raised by fellow members.

As a player, every individual has his own style and stance. This is built over time and is kind of a subconscious part of our game. However, I want to know that how do good players try and integrate a new shot into their game. For example, if some player is developing his backhand so firstly he would try and hit as many backhands as possible in practice to get consistency.

But let's say, so far in game he would only push or block and not topspin from his backhand. His stance over the years also has become adopted to pushing and blocking on BH side. However, if he now tries to topspin from BH side, the major problem is his stance which spoils the shot. This also makes an individual be out of position or rush into the stroke. I think this happens with everyone. Since due this reason only advance shots feel a bit uncomfortable to start with.

So, what do top players do to adopt and how do they integrate these kind of shots to develop their attack even more? :)

Sorry for such a big write up. I just wanted to explain as much as possible.

Thank you and all the best.

I know how hard it can be to put what you do in practice to a match situation but you just need to be confident and believe in the shot and it will come with time.
if I'm not happy with something in my game I like to work on it by doing multiball...I guess a lot of the other players are the same.

Liam Pitchford
12-12-2013, 02:09 PM
Hi Liam! Im your fans from Indonesia, can you give me some motivation to make me remember it anywhere and anytime?

What sort of motivation?
My favourite motivational line is 'fail to prepare, prepare to fail'
hope this helps?

Liam Pitchford
12-12-2013, 02:14 PM
Hi Liam, I am really happy that a player of your qualities and such a world known person joined our forum.


My question is - those rubbers, those are not normal Tenergy 05 we can buy, are they?
I heared you get rubbers from sponsors, probably Butterfly, but those are better than normal, is that correct?
Or you just dont care?
How long does one rubber last you?
For matches - do you use always a brand new one?

Im not really sure of the difference in quality, I am sponsored by butterfly and get mine from the factory in Germany.
It depends on the amount of matches I have to how often I change them but yes I always use a new one for matches so it can be quite often!

Liam Pitchford
12-12-2013, 02:21 PM
Hi Liam mi name is jorge ans I´m a chilean psychology student. I etner this forum for a reason, I hope that you can help me. I need to do a homework for sports psychology, it is about the decisions involved in the servoce´s receptions.

All I need to know is the fallowing information.
-How do you receive? specifically what are the stimuli that you put your focus on,? Please be the most specific as you can.

Sorry for my english and congratulations for your victories this year. :)
Thanls !!!

Well I like to receive with the backhand flick to open the game so first I see if it is possible to do that with the serve..if not then I will check the type of spin and the position of my opponent to what receive I will make. Most of the time receiving is a split second decision so it's good to be able to improvise and try to do something the server is not expecting.

hope this is specific enough?

Liam Pitchford
12-12-2013, 02:28 PM
Hi Liam,

We are all supporting you to win the competition :) . I am sure my fellow members will also vote for you and soon we will see you lead the voting from your current third place.
I have a few questions in general about table tennis and about some of the players you have played. I figured you would be best person to answer since you would have played them man-o-man-o :) .

1. How important do you think it is to have a coach during match play ? I have seen some of the top players like Samsonov play without coaches recently and do pretty well.
2. You have played Samsonov . What do you think makes him so special that he has been able to retain the high level and compete with the best till now.
3. A lot of us think that Fan Zhendong and Zhang Jike have very similar backhand techniques ? Is it true ?
and lastly , 4. Do you plan to play table tennis for a long duration or you plan to retire early like the Chinese players and take up an alternate career in your mid thirties ?

Thanks :)

1. I think most of the time it is important but sometimes it is good to just be able to think for yourself in the game and not rely on the coach to tell you the things.
2. He's got incredible feeling for the ball and amazing control..I think that's why he has played on such a high level for so long, he's so consistent and I think he will continue for more years to come!
3. Yes they are quite similar and both pretty good! haha
4. That's the plan at the moment, I will play as long as I feel I can and as long as I am enjoying it!

m.saberi
12-12-2013, 02:30 PM
Hi Liam,

I would like head off to china for coaching program, but can not find relevant info. Do you know something? or in other countries. Thanks you

ttmonster
12-12-2013, 02:31 PM
Thank you so much for the splendid answers !! Much enjoyed reading it !!! Good luck and all the best for the next year !!

Thanks :)

1. I think most of the time it is important but sometimes it is good to just be able to think for yourself in the game and not rely on the coach to tell you the things.
2. He's got incredible feeling for the ball and amazing control..I think that's why he has played on such a high level for so long, he's so consistent and I think he will continue for more years to come!
3. Yes they are quite similar and both pretty good! haha
4. That's the plan at the moment, I will play as long as I feel I can and as long as I am enjoying it!

jorge.urrutia
12-12-2013, 05:13 PM
Well I like to receive with the backhand flick to open the game so first I see if it is possible to do that with the serve..if not then I will check the type of spin and the position of my opponent to what receive I will make. Most of the time receiving is a split second decision so it's good to be able to improvise and try to do something the server is not expecting.

hope this is specific enough?

Thanks for the answer Liam, but I think that you can be more specific, I will change the question:

when your opponent is about to serve:

when you start to look at him? when the ball is about to touch the paddle or before (for example) ? and why do you star looking in that time?

what are the things you look on your opponent and why?

Martin Dorrego
01-24-2014, 12:44 AM
How to cut your rubbers?

TTournaments
01-24-2014, 02:06 PM
Is Ryu practising at Ochsenhausen?

jedimasterplk
01-24-2014, 02:38 PM
Liam, it is common (among amateurs) to tense up, swing too hard and not rotate into shots when excited/anxious. Would you say you keep your body relaxed and smooth even during big/important matches, and would you say that it is natural, or something you learned to do with training? How important is breathing to avoid this, and how do you do this (i.e. stay relaxed) in a rally? Cheers!

M51
01-24-2014, 08:26 PM
Hi Liam. When are you going to bulk up a bit? Do your friends ever compare you to Peter Crouch? :D

No hard feelings, I hope.

Oh, one more thing. We have this thread in which we brainstorm about the ways to make table tennis more popular and appealing to the masses. What would you do to popularize it? Do you think the game needs to be slowed down, by perhaps raising the net or something else?

MyCreditDom
01-04-2022, 01:34 PM
One of those games where you ask someone below you a question and the other person has to answer it
In this one there are no question starters.

DONT EVER ANSWER I DONT KNOW. You have to give an actual answer.

Lets begin

Who would you bring if you could go to Middle Earth, but you could only bring THREE people with you?