Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Shenzhen Ping Pong: the way things should be

I was back in Shenzhen for a few days a year after my first visit to garner more knowledge, record more video (using my new Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3) and grunt my way through a bit more training. Once in a while, like a moment of clarity that follows after a storm blows through before the everyday haze we have become inured to is restored, something comes through like a breath of fresh air to remind us of the ways things should be.

(Link to video in a separate page here.)

On the last day, while practising a few tables away, I recorded just 45 seconds of video of professional coach Lu Yan (陆炎) looping to a customer at the Shenzhen Century South China Table Tennis Club (深圳市世纪南华乒乓球俱乐部), a place that I've posted quite a bit about. It's only 45 seconds, but it should be obvious Lu Yan has great technique. As someone correctly told me, one can easily fall in love with the sheer perfection of his swing.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could all learn to hit like that?