|Recently, I've written about how I got started playing ping pong (here). Having been away from the sport for a number of years, I've also mentioned that I've spent some time getting re-acquainted with the game at the 深圳市世纪南华乒乓球俱乐部 Shenzhen Century South China Table Tennis Club (here). I used a Canon HF-10 HD camcorder (shown with a Sony 0.7x wide angle adaptor) to record my training sessions with the professional coaches there. I recorded over 100GB of high definition video for my own study. This is also an opportunity for me to experiment with video uploading and share (and discuss) a few (appropriately downsized) clips.|
Shenzhen ping pong: warm-up forehand (relaxed pace) from Sandiway Fong on Vimeo. [The above embedded video is SD (standard definition). A larger video is available if you click on the link to go directly to the vimeo page. You can turn on HD (highdef) but somehow it doesn't work for me on my macbook. (Maybe only in full-screen mode?) Anyway, there is also a link in the lower right corner of the vimeo page where you can directly download the 1280 x 720p video file I uploaded.] Things I find useful to remind myself about when I (re-)watch a clip. These may or may not resonate with your requirements: (January 2010: updated slightly.)
- It's not just a forearm-driven stroke. Is my body doing any work?
Waist and body rotation simultaneous with forearm is key to making the shot reliable and consistent.
- How am I finishing the stroke?
My stroke should have an unforced, relaxed, natural arc.
- Am I spraying the ball around much more than my coach?
Watch where my ball lands on the other side. And adjust.
- How is my timing?
Position myself so I can contact the ball at the top of the bounce each time.
- Am I adjusting for the unexpectedly long or short ball?
Despite the repetitive nature of the warm-up, it's not like the steady rotation of a bicycle wheel.
I need to both be able to wait or step forwards to take the ball earlier.
- Proper recovery and preparation for the next stroke?
Weight goes back onto right foot, simultaneously backswing (arm goes back) and rotate the waist.
More to come...