Table Tennis Important Concepts – The Playing Elbow

Table Tennis Important Concepts – The Playing Elbow



one of the concepts that you're going to hear me talk a lot about in this coaching program is the concept of a playing elbow and trying to attack your opponent's playing elbow and take advantage of that and so I'm just going to spend a little bit of time explaining exactly what I mean by that so when it comes up later on we know exactly where I'm on about what I'm using here is two yellow types as I'm using that to just indicator sort of the zone that will be the playing above itself so as a shake and up if I'm standing here with my back in the center of these lines and the ball say coming straight from the camera right at the lines when I'm standing like this here my playing elbow is this zone shown in between the two yellow lines okay so anywhere in here is going to force me as a shake and ER to make a decision and I have to either kind of this side to play a good forehand or I have to come that way to play a backhand but I can't it's awkward for me to do anything else and so if you can put the ball in here right at it right at the tip of the bat what you're getting at is you're hitting my playing elbow okay forcing me to play it from an awkward location where I have to make a decision and I have to move if I want to use proper technique otherwise I have to lean and use less than perfect technique so this is my playing elbow now obviously as the ball moves around the table and I move my playing a little for example if the ball is coming from my opponent if either I had his backhand corner my playing alert he's also going to China so all now coming from that right-hand diagonal over there I'm facing where the balls coming from and now the pineal playing elbow has moved direction and so on and so forth so it's a fluid thing it's not always just there wherever I end there's a playing over here's the playing elbow here's the playing elbow so it moves around so it's not always easy to get that if you can get that area at that zone you're going to put your opponent under more pressure now for a shake hand ER it's quite easy to say okay the playing elbow is the point where it has to decide to imply a forehand and play in the back end but what about Chinese pen holder reverse penholder back hands eyes and semilla grip players what what about them do they have playing elbows and a lot of these guys take great joy and saying hey we don't have a playing elbow but that that's complete bollocks they do have a playing elbow it's just not the same as a shake hand is playing or but and to demonstrate what I mean by that is okay let's say I'm playing penhold and again there's this zone coming down a little bit able now it's true that I don't have a playing elbow in terms of having to decide between this side of my rubber and the backside because as a Chinese pen holder I use one side every Li okay that's not my playin over what my playing elbow in this case is the difference between being able to turn and attack on my forehand here versus playing the ball in front of my body out here so my playing level is basically that area of decision where I have to decide am I going to turn safer balls coming at it am I going to turn and hit or am I going to play out in front so Chinese penholders yes they still do they were playing over and it's going to be roughly again I'm standing rough here it's going to be roughly in this area where they have to decide do I hit or do I play there so it's no side of the back thing it is a stroke which struck the plate playing over but they still have to make a decision okay and that's somewhere you can explore some a Chinese pen holder a reverse pen hold back hander is using young more like a shake hand during that he's top spinning on his side topspin on that side he really is for someone like weighing out who plays everything on the backhand pretty much with his reverse he's essentially a shake hand ER he had the same area where he has to decide there's his forehand there's this back him in here he's a move in a forehand or is it a move in the back in it or is it a lean so he still has the same weakness or the same decision-making someone like perhaps Marlene who plays forehand pinhole quite often the backhand penhold and occasionally the reverse they can well what he has instead is he has this area in here where he has to decide yes to the side okay from there am I going to move and hit am I going to play in front what am I going to come across so this is only for a right-hander this zone that's kind of almost for a pen holder kind of on the leg and it will vary a little bit for a shake hand up more outside the hip but that area is an area of indecision where they have to make a choice now similar grip players well not a lot different again not much different from Chinese pen holder in my opinion except that whereas a Chinese pen holder is going this way around the table a similar gripper is usually going that way around the table but they still have this area where if the balls coming in is it moving to the forehead is it turning punch you don't see too many of them playing there if they can help it I don't want to play like that stuff it's usually a forehand backhand and if they're there that's not really their best shot so all they can turn there I'm talking about exploiting where they have to make a decision put the ball here my decision need easy either way put the ball there no decision they put it in here and they've got to decide one way or the other and the good move so really regardless of what type of grip you use every player has this playing elbow to take advantage of this area of decision-making where they have to make a decision now depending on what the player is some players playing although they're standing like that they're playing or is going to be up here if they play in here it may be closer in if they're more of a backhand player they're playing or bow may actually be more in the middle of their body because they will play back hands from over there and it's only when you put the ball actually out here perhaps that you may make them make them decide to go to a forehead so it varies from Player to Player it's not as simple as saying it's just here because it's not it can vary and part of your job is to know for each opponent exactly where that playing although with a carrier that they have to make a decision is

16 Replies to “Table Tennis Important Concepts – The Playing Elbow”

  1. Good, informative video but I think it would have been more useful if you made two separate videos. One for shakehand players and one for penhold players. Mixing the two lessons together makes it confusing and hard to follow. I understand that you prefer the lecture style type of teaching table tennis but perhaps some actual demonstrations would go a long way in making your points clear.

  2. Hey Greg great tips I remember playing with you at mullers Carlisle about 20 years ago..at least I think it was you

  3. The way the net has been set up in this video, is a good indicator of whom this "coaching program" turns to. The beginners. Take these "tips" with a grain of salt.

  4. the attacking hit must be fast and powerful, or else probably nothing will happen against a player with a good normal backhand. A slight lean to the right and he will even put some side spin on the backhand. No comment about the reversed grip player though

  5. tru
    i serve side spin with penhold then the ball will return lefty then i stand ready to topspin
    soz 🙁 bad english

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