When facing off against an opponent over a table tennis table, minor changes in stance, speed or angle of your shots can make a huge difference in the quality of your game, and this reflects even on the final score of the match. Some days, you may be able to win by a huge margin against an opponent, while some other days, you may find it quite impossible to score points, even when it is against the same person. Consistency helps you deliver your best shots and keep the quality of your game high, even on your worst day. The following tips will point out ways to improve consistency on the table tennis table:
Practice at different speeds:
While it is true that you need to practice fast attacking shots at a high speed and defensive spin shots at relatively lower speed, try to vary the pace of your game every now and then. Changing the pace varies the effect of drag, swing and spin and you will be able to better identify the individual aspects of your shot.
Pay attention to the details:
Every shot of table tennis needs to be performed with the involvement of the entire body. Your leg work, posture and the movement of your free hand all play a major role in the quality of your shot so pay attention to all those factors.
Master a few useful shots:
The main reason that amateur players find it difficult to maintain consistency in their game is that they spend too much time learning new moves instead of focusing on mastering a few shots. Spend a majority of your practice session mastering a handful of your favourite moves so that you will always be able to use them in any game.
By improving the consistency of your performance, you will feel more confident of your abilities as a table tennis player, as you can rely on yourself to perform a selected set of shots to the best of your ability. It also helps you gain a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses in the game.