There are many offender table tennis players and very few are playing defender. This is for the reason that it is kind of a difficult path to play defender. You need to change the fundamental and skill of your game, which is partly the expression of your character, your perception and your views.
Defending is not so cool
The defender lives partly on the mistakes of the opponent. Also, they need to be chased around the table as a mouse is tracked by the cat. You even have to bring about this situation in a controlled manner and find out if you have a safe and clever player that can be a trainner to train your defending skill. Then one has as a defender stereotype with most pimples on the RH.
There are many rubbers that you can choose from. The choices and combinations with wood and rubber surface can be something that you need to try out by yourself. Ask yourself why you want to change your style of play. The urge for success should not come first. In any case, you have to be very patient. I did not have that patience and am currently changing my game more towards all +.
For some players, they tend to ask some of these questions first before they decided to turn to a defender player:
- How old are you?
- How often do you workout?
- What level of performance have you achieved so far?
- And above all: why defense?
The sooner you start, the better.
A defender definitely needs more time than an attacker to evolve, because he has to have more punches on it – almost double the number of strokes if it’s supposed to be modern defenses.
You also have to train enough to achieve this change in a reasonable time. Above all, however, a lot of table tennis systems and training machines are useful and important in order for you to acquire the technique that is necessary for warding off.
Any ALL wood with a controlled VH-coating and a RH-knob … that would be the standard. RH-Noppe should be as easy to play as possible, eg FL II or FL III. But that is also very dependent on you personally. Only you need a limit, so as not to try too much since that is more insecure than anything else.
Thus, the answer why not many people play defender table tennis is because it is very hard. Many points are to be considered and can become hurdles for most of the people.
I just mention 3 points:
1. Much higher training volume
2. Trainer who is able to teach defensive play and also has the time and desire to deal with you.
3. Willingness to play worse results for couple of months until you are mastering the defensive game as before without the “belief” in the new game system to lose or annoy if you lose against people you have beaten before.