Week 12 – Top Tip Tuesday

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been 12 weeks already on the blog! As always, a big thank you to you all for following my content so far – it really means a lot to me!

Following on from the last few Top Tip Tuesday posts, I would like to share another Top Tip to help your receive of service game in table tennis!

Top Tip: try to stay as relaxed as possible whilst in the ready position!

Source – ittfworld

For those of you who are new to the game, I will be doing a future video on the ready position in table tennis, which will be able to be viewed on my blog and YouTube channel (link to my channel at the bottom of this post!), so make sure you are subscribed to my channel + following my blog to ensure you don’t miss that!

Now this tip may seem like a no-brainer to you, especially if table tennis is a sport you have been playing for a long while.

However, take it from me – even after having played table tennis for over 10 years, remaining relaxed before a serve is still something I easily forget to do.

Staying relaxed whilst in the ready position, awaiting a serve, is extremely important for a whole range of reasons (from overall body tension to flexibility of movement, you name it!).

The main aspect I want to discuss on this week’s Top Tip Tuesday though, is the benefit being relaxed has on your footwork!

Photo source: ittfworld

Imagine a footballer (in striking position!) who has played an outstanding dribble around the defender in his way; all the striker has to do now is sprint around the side of this person, connect with the ball and shoot for goal!

Photo source: Jannik Skorna

Suddenly though, he ‘freezes‘. His body becomes ultra-stiff, and his legs just don’t seem to work.
As a result, the defender is faster than him, and clears the ball away into safety – a big loss for the striker!

Now apply the same thing to table tennis – what will happen if you aren’t relaxed as your opponent is about to serve?
You got it – your footwork will be severely affected for the worse!

So make sure that you are not stiff, but rather relaxed, whilst preparing to receive a service in table tennis!

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