Table Tennis training is one of the most important aspects that should be concentrated on by all individuals if they wish to improve their overall game. Training can be conducted either with another individual or partner, with a coach, or in some instances with a table tennis robot.
Training with another individual
The most common form of table tennis training is hitting against another player. Both of you can practice set drills against one another with the intention of improving different shots which you feel you need to work on. Quite often, the best training is with someone who is around the same level as you and can consistently return the ball on the table.
Table Tennis Coach
A coach or mentor is a person who trains and teaches you specific techniques, methods and strategies to improve your game. Usually a good table tennis coach knows specific areas of weakness in your game that needs to be worked on and based on this knowledge prepares a number of set drills and routines for you to practice. This is done in what is referred to as “multiball” in which the coach hits a number of balls in repetitive succession one after another. This repetitive style of training can be tiresome at times, but is extremely beneficial. At first multiball may seem quite tiring, but when it is introduced into the coaching program more frequently it becomes significantly easier.
Table Tennis Robots
One of the new forms of training that has been introduced in recent years is table tennis robots. These robots are trained to fire table tennis balls in a specific sequence on different areas of the table. The main benefit of these robots is that they do not require another player or coach in order for you to train effectively. One of the main features of table tennis robots is the ability to add different spins to the ball. If you wish to practice hitting long backspin balls, then all you need to do is alter the settings on the robot and it will begin to fire balls with backspin. This type of training can be very helpful and advantageous in practicing set shots.