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Staying Balanced

Staying Balanced by Han Xiao Table tennis rallies often resemble a game of chicken. Balance and positioning are huge factors in determining which player gets the upper hand and takes the initiative. There are other factors as well, such as technique, but often times one player will begin to lose their balance and center of […]

How to Approach the Service Game

How to Approach the Service Game by Han Xiao Think back to some matches where you had a lot of problems with an opponent’s serves. There are likely two scenarios you thought of. The first scenario is when you simply misread an opponent’s serve over and over again. This scenario doesn’t make for very good […]

Modern Topspin Strokes

Modern Topspin Strokes by Han Xiao To round out our short mechanics series, we’re going to take a look at modern topspin technique. If you missed the previous two articles, we took a look at weight transfer and proper leg use as well as how to follow through correctly. Having an understanding of those concepts […]

Following Through

Following Through by Han Xiao Last time we took a look at how world class players use their legs and transfer their weight for many of their strokes in order to create better consistency as well as more racket speed. In this part of the mechanics series, we’re going to look at how professional players […]

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