There are presumably loads of justifications for why grown-up fledglings for the most part find it more challenging to foster a right method than youngsters. In any case, one potential issue connects with the gigantic level contrast.
That level distinction – 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 methods.
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 a gigantic, 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 similarity of doing a ‘military salute’. This is a typical training strategy that I have seen utilized by loads 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 notwithstanding indistinguishable training directions, my 4-foot fledgling and my 6-foot novice frequently wind up playing two totally 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 essentially crush into the table and the ball would bob over his hand).
At the end of the day, his 4-foot height essentially compels him to play with a “great” salute strategy, brushing the ball advances and up, keeping his arm bowed 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 lot over the level of the ball. Thusly, they invest a considerable amount of energy with their bat fundamentally beneath their elbow (like the person on the left, underneath).
Ping pong standing straight as an arrow
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” method, 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 imitate what is going on for grown-up amateurs. 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 eventually, I’ll have a go at putting a table tennis table on top of a portion of those step stages you find at the exercise center and checking that out. However, that is not the simplest thing to do. Playing kneeling down, in any case, is considerably more attainable…
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 instructing meeting yesterday evening. This video shows the most recent two minutes – following a couple of moments of one and two shot rallies and a ton of top edges!
As you can envision, it took us some time to conform to the adjustment of level. From the beginning, we missed a great deal of shots. Then we continued placing everything into the net. At the point when your arm and bat start beneath 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 procedure, marginally.