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How To Train Without A Serious Partner – Table Tennis University

I know some people they just practice alone. They have no partner and once they get a partner their partner just wants to play the game. And they have no chance to practice. So you can think about it that way.
For example, me I drop in today come to table tennis here and I find a partner and he
says “I want to play game.” But for myself right now I don’t want
to play game I want to practice my my forehand smash. Okay. So he wants to play game, I want
to practice my forehand smash. How do I practice? Okay if you want to play game
okay I go play game with him but may I have a ball please? When I play the game with him I won’t
aim to the score. I don’t care about the score. I just care about my own part. What is
it? It’s forehand smash. How can I make the forehand smash. So forehand smash you want to start from the rally. Okay start rally. So when you serve
you don’t have to serve bottom spin. You serve bottom spin they going
to push back, it’s no rally. How about you serve this way, just no
spin on side and top like this. Ah it’s easy. Then you start your rally. You start your rally then you got
the chance to practice your forehand. Once the ball come to your forehand side
you’ve got the chance to practice. If you miss it’s okay don’t worry about it.
You are not aiming to the score. And when he serves you try to make it all topspin.
How can you make it? If he serves bottom spin of course
you’re going to push. You can push to his forehand side
and let him loop you block, then back to rally. If he serves side and bottom, if you can just lift the ball like this then
you go back to rally. So if both of you play rally you
got the chance, BAM! Still practice your forehand smash. So one game, two games, ten games later at least you practice so many times
your forehand smash. What is it, you have to plan it. Not “oh he only want to play game I
don’t want to play game.” Okay just wasted time. No when he wants to play game you
just plan your own thing. Now you’ve got the chance to practice. For example another one, I want to
practice my backhand loop. Same thing backhand loop against bottom spin.
So what are you going to do? When you serve you’re going
to serve bottom spin. Serve… Loop. Nice. The serve comes to my backhand side,
loop. See I got a chance to practice my backhand serve. Sorry my backhand loop. You plan it.
You can do it. Okay.

David Frank



  1. Table Tennis University Posted on November 21, 2011 at 5:28 am

    @007StevenS A "swipe" (stroke between a push and flip) would be a better choice for you. It is easier to control and is good for confusing your opponent. The stroke is obviously much easier to explain on video and we hope to include it in the future. We currently have a video on fourth ball attacking so check that one out for some good tips as well.

  2. Hanson Lee Posted on April 10, 2012 at 11:31 am

    how can i move my leg more faster, or footwork, how to prepare?

  3. ginobi0707 Posted on April 10, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    your teaching is really nice!

  4. Table Tennis University Posted on April 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    The ability to move faster comes down to your level of conditioning. Check out tabletennismaster(dot)com/xfc/

  5. toufic toufic Posted on August 18, 2012 at 7:41 am

    table tennis master , how should i do a perfect serve that curves very very very much??

  6. Table Tennis University Posted on August 24, 2012 at 10:38 am

    1. First, focus strictly on placement, not on spin
    2. Once you can place the serve where you want 9 out of 10 times, then add a small amount of spin.
    3. Repeat the process, adding a small amount of spin and mastering placement. Add more spin, master placement, etc.

  7. jethro opeda Posted on October 16, 2012 at 5:32 am

    Thanks Coach Li! God Bless!

  8. MOTO RIZ Posted on October 19, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    question:if someone says tht he wants to play rather thn practice…. ans…beat him to pulp

  9. Jorge Inostroza Posted on November 8, 2012 at 3:08 am

    the last serve was awsome !!.. great videos man

  10. Steve Lombard Posted on November 13, 2012 at 2:54 am

    This is good advice for all sports.

  11. Pieter-Jan Louage Posted on January 30, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    good alternative if you have no other choice 🙂

  12. you tube Posted on June 28, 2013 at 1:45 am

    como aperfeiçoar o modo de pegar na raquete pois jogava caneta e quero aprende classico

  13. Dasun Ranasinghe Posted on August 4, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    haha !! this is cool

  14. ณัฐวุฒิ บุปผาเดช Posted on February 18, 2015 at 4:11 am

    Thanks coach Li

  15. How Wong Posted on September 25, 2015 at 12:13 am

    that is great plan!. I never thought I can practice when someone else wants to play game. Next time I will try this.

  16. Lardian Posted on May 30, 2016 at 12:19 am

    play games? ping pong is a game.

  17. Lardian Posted on July 4, 2016 at 1:11 am

    How does wanting to have fun affect their partner's effectiveness at helping you train? Do they play terribly on purpose?

  18. Lardian Posted on July 4, 2016 at 1:14 am

    soooo….just do it?

  19. Lumenion 13 Posted on September 4, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    hey how to advoid third ball attack?someone reply me,please?

  20. Marsipulamis Posted on September 6, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    a real problem. many people hear think hitting the ball all over the place randomly or playing matches is practice

  21. Rajeev Sahu Posted on September 27, 2016 at 4:27 am

    his neck muscles xD on point

  22. Ema3ma Posted on October 26, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    but what if i have no firends but still want to practice…

  23. Table Tennis University Posted on March 15, 2017 at 3:57 pm

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  24. Birendra Singh Posted on June 21, 2017 at 4:08 am

    coach, plese tell me what things we can do with long pips? plese reply me

  25. Anne Ninno Posted on September 10, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Robo pong or if you have money to burn : butterfly amicus. @90 balls/minute max (for robo pong), you better bring your A+ game.

  26. Natheon Posted on February 25, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Isn’t playing the game considered practice?

  27. positive vibes only. Posted on August 20, 2018 at 7:26 am

    thank you my techniques have advanced from last week just from these simple video thank you

  28. WhatEvaYsay Posted on October 22, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Oh. I read that wrong. I tot play without friend to play with like Shadow pingpong

  29. Samer Nazar Posted on December 24, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    How to make your table tennis racket cover more spin