Hi, I’m Alois Rosario and today we’re going
to talk to you about improving your reflexes. I took some players to do some reflex testing.
It was interesting, the player that plays close to the table and is really fast and
I thought was going to kill the test, finished dead last. So how is it that he can play so well with
the slowest reflexes? Well the essence is that it’s not just about
your reflexes. There’s a lot more involved in how quickly you can react to the ball. The first and the most important one is how
well you track the ball. The better that you track the ball the earlier you are going to
get the information of where the ball is coming. So if I’m tracking the ball all the way there
and all the way back I’m seeing a little bit earlier the direction of the ball coming back
to me, the type of spin on the ball, the speed of the ball and I’m getting that information
just that little bit faster than that guy that’s got those really quick reflexes. So in training you need to start to think
about this. You need to start to think about tracking the ball better. Spend some time
forgetting about your actual strokes and techniques, just think about how well you’re watching
the ball during that training session. Watch the ball out and in, out and in, so all your
shots, the only thing that you’re really focussed on is watching that table tennis ball and
tracking it as best as you possibly can. Now we need to consider our balance. If you’re
not balanced it doesn’t matter if you anticipate the ball really well or if you’ve got fantastic
reflexes you’re not going to be able to make a good stroke so balance is the key here. How do we get our balance? Firstly, making
sure that your feet are nice and wide apart, your knees bent, and you’re down in the good
basic stance position. That will help you with your balance. Then we need to think about this. We need
to think about our chest facing the ball wherever it is. So if the ball is coming from here,
that’s where my chest is facing. So here the ball comes straight to me, I play my backhand.
Now the ball is coming from there, I’m following the ball with my chest but now it comes over
here and I’m playing a forehand. So again my chest is facing towards the ball and I’m
able to play a forehand with good balance. If the ball comes here I’m facing the ball
and I’m able to play a good backhand. So having your chest facing the ball wherever it is,
is vitally important to making a good stroke with good balance. What happens if your chest isn’t facing the
ball? Well I’ll tell you what happens, the wiggle happens. What’s the wiggle? Now you
will all have felt this. So the ball is coming here, your chest is facing there and suddenly
you need to adjust quickly and make better position and line your chest up with the ball.
So you end up doing that and you get that wiggly feeling. So we really want to try and
eliminate the wiggle by making sure that our chest is facing the ball wherever it is. Why
do we wiggle? Because we anticipate that the ball is coming to where it actually isn’t.
So the ball is over here, suddenly we turn over here because we think the ball is coming
to our forehand but the ball is still here and we need to make that quick adjustment
back so that we can play the backhand. So eliminate the wiggle by facing your chest
to the ball at all times.