How to achieve the optimal training start!

Training start table tennis

Hopefully soon reality again: The full table tennis hall like here at the pimple course in the Netherlands

No matter if on green or blue plates or with white or yellow balls; slowly more and more sports halls are opening and table tennis is played again. Almost incidentally, last week even the Play-Off round of the TTBL was held and for the first time 1 FC Saarbrücken was crowned German Champion.

At the moment there is still a very large patchwork of different regulations throughout Germany. In different federal states, but also on a smaller level in different circles and communities, completely different regulations apply. In this situation it is easier for the clubs, where there is less training participation in summer anyway. Larger clubs have to make much more effort in this respect. Some use online systems to register for certain training times. Sometimes a club member also takes over the coordination, which is necessary to keep to guidelines and distances. If the organizational structure is right, it is also possible to play again.

That’s why we would like to answer the question today, how you can get back into training in the best possible way.

Especially after a break, which for many of you is unusually long, it is indispensable to slowly get your body used to the movements and to warm up again. Starting directly in the first training with the fastest possible topspins is not very helpful here. You should not underestimate that the movements performed in table tennis are different from the movements in other sports. Even if you have regularly played another sport during the break, you will start at “0” for certain movements.

The first training units should therefore not directly last several hours and should be done at a cautious pace as described.
We often experience that players want to start highly motivated and overdo it especially at the beginning. Here the danger of tugging a little is especially high. Result: 2 weeks break and cure.
Of course we want to protect you from this negative example.

In order to get used to a rhythm again from the playful level, you should take a lot of time when you are playing in and repeat certain movement sequences regularly, such as the attacking ball on block. If you start playing free again very quickly, it is only very difficult to constantly recall movement sequences. Therefore, a long break-in with frequent repetition is very helpful. It would be even better, if you have a suitable and motivated training partner, to get back into free play with exercises.

Here is an example of a possible course before you switch to free play:

1. very long practice with frequent repetition. Here it can also be 30-40 minutes.
2. start with 2-3 regular exercises after the warm-up. We recommend only 5 minutes per side, especially in the beginning.
3. in the further course of training you can also integrate irregular exercises into your training.

Especially in the first training after such a long break we would advise against real competition. Of course we don’t want to spoil the fun of table tennis for you, but maybe you know it yourself: When you play a competition after a long break, you will realize how much training deficit you have to catch up on, because the procedures are not right from the moment you serve. As a result, you often play worse results, are dissatisfied with yourself and your game and have the feeling that you “can’t do anything anymore” and go home demotivated. Therefore it is best to refrain from competition in the first training session.

Example of a regular exercise:

You play all balls into the backhand side of your team mate and he alternately plays a ball into your backhand and into your forehand side. This is also the personal favourite exercise of Niclas from the Sauer & Tröger team. Why exactly ?

1. you only focus on the basic strokes and the footwork.
2. the exercise is less exhausting for the head.
3. the change from forehand to backhand is trained in a very easy way.
4. the right-hander also trains forehand parallel.
5. a rather gentle exercise especially after a long break.

Example for an irregular exercise:

You play all the balls to your partner’s backhand side. He always plays 1-3 times into your backhand side and then your ball into your forehand half (you then attack it). This is much more difficult and requires more concentration. Warm up well, get a feeling for the ball and the movements and then you can start again after 1-3 units.

We wish you a successful new start at the tables with these suggestions. We would also like to thank you again for your phenomenal support in the last weeks. In the current situation, we were surprised at how many players ordered our new materials Hellfire-X (Long pimple) and Unicorn (Blade). This also confirms the current mood of optimism.

We wish you a great start!

Kind regards from the Sauer & Tröger Team

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