By and large find it harder to foster a right procedure than youngsters. Yet, one potential issue connects with the monstrous level distinction.
That level contrast – and its impact on how we figure out how to play table tennis – is the thing I’ll expound on here. In particular, I need to check whether grown-ups figuring out how to play table tennis kneeling down enjoys any benefits for getting the right stroke procedures.
David versus Goliath
The typical six-year-old kid is around 4 foot tall (approximately 120 cm). Most of grown-up men in my amateurs’ meeting at St John’s TTC are relatively close 6 foot (approximately 180 cm). That is an enormous, and possibly vital, contrast.
A table tennis table is 2.5 ft. high. That implies it arrives at generally the center of the thigh for a 6-foot man yet comes as far as possible up to the chest of a six-year-old kid. That is clearly going to make the stroke elements pretty unique!
I will generally show the forehand topspin utilizing the relationship of doing a ‘military salute’. This is a typical training technique that I have seen utilized by heaps of Chinese table tennis trainers. The children frequently get this rapidly and after a touch of training are playing a forehand topspin with something like a ‘salute’ activity. The grown-ups will generally think that it is more troublesome – maybe on the grounds that their head is such a great deal higher than the level of the ball.
The central matter I’m making here is that regardless of indistinguishable training directions, my 4-foot novice and my 6-foot fledgling frequently wind up playing two altogether different strokes!
Watch a 6-Year-Old Make it happen
The principal thing you’ll see is that the kid’s elbow is normally underneath the level of the approaching ball. Thusly, to involve any kind of swing in his stroke, he is expected to swing advances and up (generally his bat would basically crush into the table and the ball would bob over his hand).
At the end of the day, his 4-foot height basically compels him to play with a “great” salute strategy, brushing the ball advances and up, keeping his arm twisted at the elbow, and his bat high and out before him.
Contrast that with the picture I posted in last week’s blog entry of the two people playing ping pong in their office and you notice that their elbows are normally a considerable amount over the level of the ball. In that capacity, they invest a considerable amount of energy with their bat fundamentally underneath their elbow (like the person on the left, beneath).
Thus, the contention I’m advancing is that children (particularly those matured 6-10) enjoy a characteristic benefit while figuring out how to play table tennis. Their level (or absence of it) implies they are compelled to utilize “right” strategy, while grown-ups can pull off essentially tapping the ball over the net – an extravagance not stood to our kid.
Figuring out how to play kneeling down
There are two different ways we might possibly recreate what is happening for grown-up novices. The first is make a truly tall table tennis table (it would have to have a level of around 4 foot or 122 cm). The second is to play table tennis kneeling down.
Maybe sooner or later, I’ll have a go at putting a table tennis table on top of a portion of those step stages you find at the rec center and checking that out. However, that is not the least demanding thing to do. Playing kneeling down, notwithstanding, is substantially more feasible…
Kneeling down, I’m around 130cm tall. Harrie is somewhat more limited than me, so I figure he is more like 4-foot. We played table tennis kneeling down for around 5 minutes before we began our training meeting yesterday evening. This video shows the most recent two minutes – following a couple of moments of one and two shot rallies and a great deal of top edges!
As you can envision, it took us some time to acclimate to the adjustment of level. From the get go, we missed a ton of shots. Then we continued placing everything into the net. At the point when your arm and bat start underneath the level of the ball you truly need to brush it up to get it over the net. Following a couple of moments, we sorted that out and had both changed our strategy, somewhat.
The strike topspin
The strike rallies we were having helped me a great deal to remember the strike to-strike rallies you see at U11 level. Our elbows were low to such an extent that it was beyond the realm of possibilities to expect to play a wrist strike with heaps of lower arm – or anything in any capacity whatsoever looking like a strike banana flick, over the table. All things considered, we had to push through and up, with a marginally shut bat point, keeping our elbow a lot nearer to our body.
The forehand topspin
The forehand felt perfect! Down at that level, I truly got a comprehension of how the “military salute” activity checks out – assuming you’re 4-foot tall. Finishing towards my head was the normal thing to do. My bat needed to wrap up over my eyes.
What happened when we remained back up?
When we quit recording, we both got up and started our typical practice meeting – beginning with the mandatory knock up. It felt downright unusual for around 60 seconds. We were both base edging all that and couldn’t string a convention together. However at that point, after our cerebrums had sorted out that we were currently significantly taller, we both felt astonishing.
Essentially simultaneously, we began saying, “I feel perfect”. Our procedure felt truly normal and strong. I felt like I was a ton lower and more adjusted/stable than ordinary.