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Hi all,

I usually post my videos in the TTD chat thread, but I thought I'd make my own thread and post everything here from now on. I don't record many of my matches these days, so we'll see how much activity there will be. But I'm trying to record more of my matches against some of my teammates as we can get some pretty fun points that are nice to look back on.

Here are highlights from 3 best of 5 matches with my teammate from our training yesterday.
 
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Richie is one of the stronger adult amateur late bloomers on the site, IMHO, we should all be happy that he is eager to post on a regular basis.
Thanks for the kind comment NL. People should be even happier about your and the other members like you, Carl, Echte, BRS etc contributions to helping adult learners. I keep track of most of the posts and they are very motivating.
 
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Did Antonis play tennis earlier, or is it just my imagination? :)
I believe Lula made that comment last too 😆 Antonis has never played tennis, but he has been involved in many other sports. Golf, handball, soccer and more. Our styles make for some really enjoyable points.
I don't usually get this with other players 😀
We've also trained a ton together, we know each others game too well.
 
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I believe Lula made that comment last too 😆 Antonis has never played tennis, but he has been involved in many other sports. Golf, handball, soccer and more. Our styles make for some really enjoyable points.
I don't usually get this with other players 😀
We've also trained a ton together, we know each others game too well.

Yeah, beautiful rallies... Really dream training, you also have a good hall, a lot of place.

At the end it seemed to me, Antonis was more tired, and a bit more passive. Is it usually so, or sometimes he's the more active one?
 
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Yeah, beautiful rallies... Really dream training, you also have a good hall, a lot of place.

At the end it seemed to me, Antonis was more tired, and a bit more passive. Is it usually so, or sometimes he's the more active one?
It's his style, I usually open more. Actually this time I got really tired and gave away many openings in the end.. it was 3 best of 5 after all. They were even but he took all 3 this time. Usually he has a slight edge against me. Just too consistent and I make more mistakes.
 
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Damn, Richie you are good of an amateur. How long you have playing?
Thanks, but don't get tricked by the highlights :D. It's also special playing against someone you've trained with a lot.

As for your question, for anyone that's interested I should probably provide a bit of context as just saying x years played doesn't say a whole lot. Maybe I'll make another post in the future where I walk down memory lane. I've experienced table tennis in a some quite different environments, it has been quite special.
Far from optimal if we're speaking about improvement, but it has made me experience and appreciate the sport in a different way. Especially the more I've learnt about so many players different paths.

But to just answer the question, I'd say I started at 19, I just turned 30.
 
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Thanks, but don't get tricked by the highlights :D. It's also special playing against someone you've trained with a lot.

As for your question, for anyone that's interested I should probably provide a bit of context as just saying x years played doesn't say a whole lot. Maybe I'll make another post in the future where I walk down memory lane. I've experienced table tennis in a some quite different environments, it has been quite special.
Far from optimal if we're speaking about improvement, but it has made me experience and appreciate the sport in a different way. Especially the more I've learnt about so many players different paths.

But to just answer the question, I'd say I started at 19, I just turned 30.
Good to know! Still i like how relaxed you are during the rallies, and you have pretty descent stability on those. Nice job anyway👌🏻
 
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It's not easy to win points against this guy when:
1. I can't hit hard
2. I get read like a book
3. He gets everything back

A while ago we had an identical point that went on a little longer AND he got that last shot in. This is why we will try to record every match :ROFLMAO:
That's why you need to get in those squats and deadlifts, especially in the off season. Just saying...
 
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That's why you need to get in those squats and deadlifts, especially in the off season. Just saying...
I'm still struggling with some injury in my right knee and hip, the fysio says it's muscular.. I've been pretty bad at doing the exercises lately as not much seems to help. Been a bit demotivated, but it will of course only get worse if I ignore it.. so it's time to take it more seriously again.
 
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I'm still struggling with some injury in my right knee and hip, the fysio says it's muscular.. I've been pretty bad at doing the exercises lately as not much seems to help. Been a bit demotivated, but it will of course only get worse if I ignore it.. so it's time to take it more seriously again.
Remember that a lot of physical therapy is really resistance training to build the right muscle structure around the joints and tendons. So if you have an issue, a really good physio should be able to diagnose and present a good approach including rest.

Some stuff takes time to balance out but continue to talk to more experts and dont give up on the short term- give yourself at least 3 months to see benefits or try something else.
 
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Doubles from one of the league matches yesterday. When I find some more time I will upload some singles too. These two doubles games were pretty important, winning either determined whether we would stay in division 2 or get moved down. So one win would take off the pressure and the rest of the games wouldn't mean anything.


My teammate is a very strong player, his footwork is incredible. I have referred to this guy in some of my posts where I talk about asking for advice and being looked at as if I were an alien.
When I first met this guy I was amazed and I thought to myself, what does this guy know that I don't?

I soon realized that he had no answers to my questions. And the answers that he did have, he was just making up on the spot for the sake of trying to help me. It was pretty funny, after a while he just said that he didn't know and I stopped asking :ROFLMAO:

The thing is, most players, especially good players just happen to develop strengths through certain training environments that they've been exposed to since they were kids. Many never put much thought into it, they figure things out through intuition or by copying other good players. It's so easy to intellectualize things. "Just do x and y and you'll get this outcome". It isn't so simple.
 
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I was incredibly frustrated this match, as you'll see in my body language. I couldn't block the guys loop, I had some poor execution on some "easier" balls and didn't start thinking about how to play the guy until too late. I played one more match right after this one that I'll post soon.

I will most likely not play league next season, our team decided to take a break.
I love practicing TT, I love playing with the guys in my team. But I don't enjoy playing competitively, Other than the beginning when I started to really try to get better at TT did I enjoy competitive games.. strange how it works.
 
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I was incredibly frustrated this match, as you'll see in my body language. I couldn't block the guys loop, I had some poor execution on some "easier" balls and didn't start thinking about how to play the guy until too late. I played one more match right after this one that I'll post soon.

I will most likely not play league next season, our team decided to take a break.
I love practicing TT, I love playing with the guys in my team. But I don't enjoy playing competitively, Other than the beginning when I started to really try to get better at TT did I enjoy competitive games.. strange how it works.
Richie, hi! You were very tight, the movements are very constrained compared to those videos where you played with your partner. The main reason for this
I think it's psychology.
 
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Richie, hi! You were very tight, the movements are very constrained compared to those videos where you played with your partner. The main reason for this
I think it's psychology.
I had also played the whole day and because of my injuries I'm a little bit "careful" with my movements
 
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