Assuming that you’ve at any point played middle level cutthroat table tennis you’ll have a lot of experience with level hitters. Players that jab and slap the ball as opposed to circling it.
Their procedure is sketchy, best case scenario. They do a wide range of peculiar and odd things. But… the fair ones are half easy to beat!
Last week, Harrie (look at our new digital broadcast together – on the off chance that you haven’t previously) had a tremendous outcome in his Medway association match. For the absolute first time in Division 1, he won every one of the three of his singles matches – and against three extremely respectable players. He was elated! Only two days sooner, he’d been down subsequent to losing to one more level hitter in his other association.
What’s more, I can’t fault him. Losing to these “strategy less savages” has all the earmarks of being absolutely unjustifiable.
You are right here, attempting to do every one of the right things – turn serves, circling, footwork – and you’re losing to a person who will not move his feet and simply whacks each ball that comes his direction! The bad form.
Truth be told, table tennis isn’t similar to Olympic Plunging. The victor isn’t the person with the prettiest looking style. What’s more, tragically, in table tennis, a few rather monstrous styles can be extremely viable at the middle/neighborhood level.
So how would you beat these precarious adversaries? What is kryptonite to a level hitter? Here are my contemplations. Ideally, they’ll help Harrie when he next faces one.
I will begin with what not to do when you end up playing a level hitter at table tennis.
#1: Slow circles
Sadly, I’d been dealing with Harrie’s sluggish circle only three days before he played ‘Mr Level Hitter of Maid stone’. Slow circles are perfect. Yet, they are definitely not a smart thought against level hitters.
As a matter of fact, in the event that you requested level hitters what their number one style from rival is, I figure they would agree that sluggish loppers.
With a sluggish circle they have the opportunity, the level, and the topspin they need to play their brand name level hit. It couldn’t be any simpler for them. They can trust that the ball will bob up and afterward whack it energetically.
A cunning level hitter could serve long reverse-pivot into your forhand side, welcoming you to play a sluggish spiny circle. Try not to get attracted into his snare!
All things considered, on the off chance that you’re ready to play an all the more remarkable circle – do that! Assuming that is too unsafe, there’s no damage in digging the ball back and trusting that a more straightforward ball will circle. A level hitter is probably not going to take out a Mama Long style open up!
The central issue is, at every possible opportunity, try not to slow circle against a level hitter.
#2: Topspin serves
It’s a lot simpler to level hit a topspin ball than a reverse-pivot ball (except if you have a dead bat – yet I’ll return to that in a little). Thus, you need to try not to give level hitters topspin balls to hit. That implies no sluggish circles. Yet additionally, no weighty topspin serves!
A few middle players actually decide to present with what you could call a ‘rally’ serve. Essentially, simply a long topspin serve that kicks a topspin rally off – as you’d do in a preparation drill.
A level hitter’s eyes will illuminate at this kind of serve. They will actually want to slap it right back at you and step up to the plate all along.
Harrie doesn’t serve like that any longer. He’s high level to additional extravagant serves. Be that as it may, extravagant topspin serves won’t be a lot of good by the same token. Your level hitting rival probably won’t be especially talented at perusing the twist on serves, yet they really do will quite often have an intuition for identifying hittable balls. Some way or another, they’ll instinctually know which of your serves have topspin and will forcefully jump on them.
In any case, ensure you check the rubbers on your adversaries bat before you start the game (after the knock up). On the off chance that they have dead rubbers (no twist/hold) they’ll really find it more straightforward to hit through balls with a tad of reverse-pivot. This isn’t the time or place to get into the physical science, all things considered, yet it’s valuable.
Spiny bat level hitters maintain that topspin should hit
You don’t regularly track down an excessive number of players in cutthroat table tennis with totally dead (hostile to turn) rubbers. However, assuming you do, you’ll find out before long that they’re great at level hitting your long pushes!
#3: Begin level hitting yourself
Subsequent to watching a level hitter whack your best topspin circles, it tends to be all enticing to return to level hitting yourself.
“I’m not giving him any more topspin to hit”, you share with yourself.
In this way, you begin taking the ball prior and get into these quick and level counter hitting rallies. It’s invigorating to watch and you’ve certainly changed the elements of the game.
The main issue is… you’re presumably not as great at level hitting as he is!
The meetings will be fun, however you’ll without a doubt make more natural blunders than he does, and he’ll be somewhat better at taking care of those point-finishing executioner slaps.