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    Posted: 01/09/2013 at 4:03pm
This is me on the left, I've been playing for almost a year and only recently have I gotten more serious into the game. To be fair, this is the first day back into the club practices at the university because we just had a holiday break and I didn't have any chances to play during.

Sorry for the bad lighting, our space doesn't have good lighting at all and we are planning on fixing that sometime soon. Anyways, it's a short clip and I'll be recording more of my progress in the future.

I'm pretty adaptable when people give me advice, so anything you guys have to say about footwork, body placement, swing motion, etc... do tell! 

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 Thanks for sharing....You serve to far to your left, this leaves you out of position. Also try not to play so close to the table...take a half step back...this will give you more time to react to the ball to be in the right position. Not every ball is a winner so don't force your strokes if you feel out of position or uncertain about the spin. Just my 2 cents. Smile
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thanks! I'll definitely keep those in mind. I definitely feel myself rushed and I can see why that is.
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It would be best if you could demonstrate some of your technical skills away from a match in a controlled practice environment so many elements can be evaluated. During these match points, its difficult to tell whether you have a harder time to read the next ball or cope with it.

Overall, I think for pushes and step in and the steps to the forehand ( even when the ball is within reach ) you lose your balance. Balance is key for this game, so certainly you will have to maintain balance and develop footwork for quick and smooth mobility. Example, during the push, when you step in with your right foot, your right leg at that moment is straight which not only limits your ability to transfer weight back to recover into the ready position, but also makes your body stiff so your pushes go long and high. Another example is that when you swing with your forehand, your balance forces you to run backwards. This should never happen if balance is maintained.

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Thanks for the input, I have practice tomorrow which I'll take a different video of a practice match with one of the members. I'll post it here if you would like to help out some more.
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I think the most important thing I noticed straight away is your posture:

No forward lean + legs too close together makes it hard for you to develop good body balance and to even learn waist rotation + legs pushing off. 
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Don't run away as you are swinging your loop, stand your ground and pick a spot on the table which will give a weak return or if you plan on continuing the rally from mid range run back before or after your loop, just don't do it mid stroke. A better player than your friend will also just block the loop back on a severe angle and you will be still miles away from the table unable to do anything about it

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I also don't recommend playing in front of a mirror like that but I don't think you can do anything about it.
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Thank you for the responses, I will definitely use them tomorrow at the club practice. I'm still fairly new to the game so trying to develop a good Table Tennis form is still awkward for me and I tend to tense up. I've learned a lot looking through the threads in this forum though.

@bluebucket: In his defense, his game is mainly all offensive, so when he thinks a defensive practice, they're fairly high returns etc.

@GeneralSpecific: any reason to why practicing with a mirror is a negative affect? Just wondering.


btw, not trying to add to the excuses, but those were also new shoes, so I'm not used to the lightweight, near barefoot feel as I usually had Nike Running shoes on.


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