As of late, I’ve been training table tennis to various complete fledglings and, as you’d expect, that has involved me pounding home the entirety of the fundamentals; hold, position, footwork, and so on. Position, specifically, is consistently a fight. New players will more often dislike to remain at the table similarly as though they were hanging tight for a transport!
I’ve proactively got a famous article about the right position however during the current week’s Thursday evening blog entry I’ve chosen to share a particular training help that I use to assist players with recollecting that it.
It’s the football/soccer goalkeeper relationship.
At the point when I see a table tennis player with a pointless position/prepared position frequently all I want to say is…
Imagine you’re a goalkeeper prepared to get a punishment.
…furthermore, gave the player has at any rate some basic information on football, they will generally promptly get into a vastly improved position for table tennis.
Goalkeeper punishment position
You wouldn’t believe how comparative the two positions are! Coming up next is taken from Soccer Mentor Week after week…
The prepared position is the place that goalkeepers need to take on as they plan to stop a shot… Feet shoulder width separated. Knees somewhat bowed. Weight on the bundles of the feet. Hands at midriff level. Elbows wrapped up. Shoulders forward (nose over toes). Adjusted. Head consistent, eyes ready.
What’s more, here’s an extraordinary clarification from KeeperStop…
The prepared position is the move initiated to stack the muscles and to lay out major areas of strength for a, and spry base not long before a shot. This is finished by having your feet shoulder width separated, weight on the chunks of your feet, slight curve in the knees and back, hands situated out in front easily in the hip region. This position will assist a goalkeeper with keeping up with legitimate equilibrium and keep their weight forward. The state of the manager will seem curved.
Supplant “goalkeeper” with “table tennis player” and that could be straight out of a table tennis instructing manual!
Why it works
The magnificence of the goalkeeper training relationship is exactly how much specialized data can be conveyed utilizing one basic picture. No one, while remaining in objective prepared to get a punishment, would decide to stand up totally straight, or have their feet truly near one another, or have their weight behind them.
No, you’d need to have a wide base, and get down a little lower, and have your weight on the bundles of your feet – prepared to spring left or right.
I’ve likewise tracked down that a customary approach to making sense of the table tennis position or prepared position (separating it body part by body part) can wind up making a bigger number of issues than it tackles.
For instance, as I referenced toward the beginning of the post, bunches of new table tennis players like to attempt to play standing straight as an arrow. A piece like this…
Ping pong standing straight as an arrow
Before, I could have expressed one of the accompanying to them…
“You’re extremely tall. Check whether you can get down a little lower.”
“Right now you’re standing up exceptionally straight. Take a stab at bowing your knees.”
“Contemplate cutting your head down a piece nearer to the level of the ball.”
In my mind, that little training chunk will promptly make them stand appropriately. Yet, as a general rule, they frequently wind up “plunking down” all things being equal, with their weight behind them, similar to this person…
table tennis player sitting downThat’s a simple fix in a balanced training meeting, yet in an enormous gathering of 20+ players, when I can go through under brief watching a player before I want to continue on, it is preposterous to expect to circumvent figuring out these little errors!
It’s significantly more interesting when the player thinks they are doing what you need and are deliberately ensuring their knees stay twisted – by plunking down.
Quit plunking down!
While we’re regarding the matter… “plunking down” with your weight behind you is an extremely normal position mistake. All things considered, this person in the photograph obviously isn’t a novice yet he’s committing an essential error here that will frustrate his capacity to remain adjusted, move rapidly, and even get respectable power into his strokes.
The goalkeeper similarity can rapidly address the issue. All I want to say is…
Mentor: Could you stand like that assuming you were a goalkeeper prepared to get a punishment?
Player: Probably not.
Mentor: How might you remain all things considered?
Player: Like this.
Mentor: alright, amazing. Do that from here onward.
Furthermore, that is a similar discussion I would have with the two office folks standing straight up. It doesn’t exactly make any difference what the particular mistake is on the grounds that the goalkeeper relationship is about the thing you ought to do, instead of what you Ought not be doing.
Also, it’s not difficult to recall. Whenever it’s been made sense of you just have to recall single word… goalkeeper.