21 September 2011

Tips from China Coach

When contacting the ball, it must be striking the ball, NOT letting the ball strike the bat (ie passive shot) 

There is less all-out-power drives when training - more of the continuous sustainable driving. For those who have been professionally trained, it is very hard to change the technique and action that you've been drilled into doing. 
This has affected the way Chinese penholders loop - where there is not much power used. So I've encountered a problem these few years in training penholders using inverted rubber. Thus, when I trained Ma Lin and Wang Hao, I had to change their old habits, especially powerful spinney looping. This was the main thing I had worked on and that many penholders need to change.
I had to change their attitudes - action small, quick, continuity, to action was comfortable, quick around the court (covering wide spaces), powerful and continuity. A special stress on the important of having a POWERFUL loop and how it needs to be continuous and have the ability to be lethal. In normal training situations I told Ma Lin and Wang Hao to add more power to their loops and the follow up needed after that. In a stable training environment my aim was to get them to exert more powerful loops from mid distance by feeding them half-high backspin balls. I asked them to use as much strength as they possibly could. 
The focus was to time it right so that you could unleash your power when you needed it. Slowly they learnt how to loop with lots of power - utilising power and technique from the legs, waist, upper arm, forearm and wrist to combine into a power loop. The main thing was the use of the legs and waist to generate the power needed and the shift of body weight from right to left. 
The next thing was to train their 'all table' (from all angles) power loop from topspin balls. The focus here was to improve continuity and footwork all over the table. Through this training, Ma and Wang's forehand powerloop was dramatically improved. 

This modernised the game and was a breakthrough in the development of CPEN with inverted rubber - getting rid of the old ways. In terms of people who are not necessarily professional, if you want to improve your forehand loop's lethality, you must integrate maximum power looping into your training.

The forehand is actually a very complicated technique - it includes: near table looping, mid table looping, far table looping, looping topspin, backspin, counter looping other peoples loops, looping half-out balls etc... Aside from all these shots, a more important point is footwork. It affects the 'life' of your forehand, it affects the way you can time your loops and adjust the level of power on it. If you want to train your loops well, you first need to train your footwork. That's why amateurs cannot train at the same intensity as professionals - their footwork just doesn't allow for it. Despite this, amateurs can still get the right technique for striking the ball - even if their footwork isn't as good as the pros.

by: KPPj8

Friendly Games with KLO STA

In conjunction with upcoming 1Malaysia Tournament at the end of October 2011, we are arranging a friendly match with KLO STA. Those club member who are interested to join, please do contact Mr Azam for further info.

Game will be held as per below :

Time : 9.00pm to 12.00am

Date : 1 October 2011 (Saturday)

Venue : KLO STA Club, Kuala Lumpur


20 September 2011




1.1. Kejohanan ini dinamakan Kejohanan Ping Pong 1Malaysia 2011 yang dikelolakan oleh PERSATUAN PING PONG MELAYU WILAYAH PERSEKUTUAN, KUALA LUMPUR (PPPMWPKL). Objektif Kejohanan ini ialah untuk mengumpul dana Persatuan. 


2.1 Tarikh : 21 Oktober 2011 (Jumaat) hingga 23 Oktober 2011 (Ahad).
2.2 Tempat : Stadium Badminton Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.
2.3 Tarikh Tutup : 16 Oktober 2011 (Ahad).
2.4 Undian : 17 Oktober 2011 (Isnin).



3.1 Perseorangan Terbuka 1Malaysia (Open Single)
3.2 Berpasukan Expert (Team Expert)
3.3 Berpasukan Novis (Team Novice)
3.4 Bergu Novis (Double Novice)

19 September 2011

Receive Of Serve

This is probably one of the most under-practised of all the aspects of our sport. If a serve is long for example we should always be prepared to be positive, loop or drive and think placement at the same time. Also however we should think tactics too, some players especially in the women’s game want speed back so that they can smash the next ball. Sometimes you must be ready to change the speed, stop-block, slow roll. Equally if a player serves long chop you should always (girls too!) be looking to open. There is little point in pushing only to see the next ball looped past you. Quite often to return power with lack of power, or spin with lack of spin, or even just to return the server’s own spin to him or her, can be a very good tactic.
Short serves can always be dropped back very short to take the advantage away from the server and neutralize his or her service advantage. This too requires much training for if you misread the heavy spin and float you lose. Most top players however are good in short play and in gaining advantage in this area. Try to take the ball at as early a timing point as possible, just after the bounce to give the other player little time to react. This is also a good tactic if you have to push back long, again early timing, fast return, sometimes with spin, sometimes without, (try to use the wrist as little as possible). At top level, especially in the men’s game it is necessary to flick some balls — bear in mind you can do this at differing timing points, as the ball bounces up (very early) or drops down (quite late). This late-timed flick can often be effective as many players think you are going to push. Often the higher the level, the more there must be a certain amount of risk taking. Do you have a better than 60% chance if you are positive? It may well be worth the risk.
Unfortunately many players at the highest level, especially in the men’s game, serve just long enough to make life very difficult — the half-long serve with the second bounce on the white line or just off. If you open with a weaker stroke, you lose, equally if you push long, you give the initiative in opening and placement to the server. If the serve is so good that you must push long, then how and where you play is vital.
  • Firstly variation, it is crucial to be able to push long with differing effects, with and against the spin, with float, sidespin and backspin.
  • Secondly timing, the earlier you can play the ball the less time the opponent has to read the stroke, work out the spin and react.
  • Thirdly unpredictability in placement. If the opponent is never quite sure where you will play, he has less chance to be really positive.
An important stage and one essential to the development of any good player, is how he copes with the first opening ball. It is not enough at high level just to control the first drive or topspin — the other player retains the initiative and will accelerate spin and power until he wins the point. Being just safe is a loser’s tactic, here too you must look at responding positively — force the return with either power or spin or both and put the opponent under pressure. Another alternative is to change pace and length as dramatically as possible, the stop-block has its place at the highest level. And of course always consider where to play, variation in placement (short or long, straight, body or angles) is a vital factor in top-class play.
Above all work at the strategy of receive, training against good servers, training at returning with and against the spin and playing the opponent’s spin back to him or her, varying placement and length and angles. Work at doing different things with the 2nd ball so that the server cannot have an easy 3rd ball situation. Train to do enough with the 2nd ball so that you can perhaps create an advantage on the 4th ball.
copy paste from : protabletennis.net

by: KPPj8

18 September 2011

P8 League - List of Players for Gold and Puyuh League (Session 2)

1) Azroul Shahrin
2) Azam Busra
3) Zulkarnain Ahmad
4) Shahrul
5) Dr Hisham
6) Hisham Puchong
7) Khaled Sameon
8) Megat Hafizi
9) Hamir Haris
10) Fazwan
11) Aiman
12) Hakimi
13) Izad Kiri
14) Norhisam PjH
15) Lan Misai
16) Aziz
17) Tengku Shah (Promoted)
18) Ropi (Promoted)
19) Asmadi (Promoted)
20) Nafixiom (Promoted)
21) Wak Cobra (Promoted)
22) Azmee (Wild card)
23) Hafizul (Wild Card)

KPPj8 Activities

On 17 Sept 2011 we had friendly game with Bakep KLIA Team. KPPj8 was presented by Hairi Yasaka (as organiser), Azam, Wan Azlan, Megat, Asri, Johari, Aiman, Shahrul, Azamuddin and Birdie (from Yala Thailand).

KPPj8 players as usual meet at Dewan Serbaguna P8...everyone supposed to be at P8 around 4.00pm. But due to some bad time management by certain players, we only manage to depart for KLIA around 5.30pm and arrived there at 6.00pm. We really really really and really hope next time our players no matter who will kept their time accordingly as respect to others.

As we arrived at Bakep, their players are already in swept mode waiting for us. Due to the time constrain, game has to start immediately and we have not enough time to practice our stroke and adjust to game's venue environment. Azam played as first single and luckly delivered the 1st point to KPPj8 by winning his game 3-2. Johari paired with Birdie as 1st double but lost their game 2-3, then Megat came as second single and also lost 0-3. Shocking game displayed by Cikgu Lan and Asri to register their 1st win outside P8 hall and tied the overall score to 2-2.

Hairi and Azamuddin also lost the third double and same goes to Aiman as he unable to overcome Cikgu Rahim's Brother in 3rd single. Time is so envy and Shahrul has no time to demonstrate his skill in 4th Single match. To Shahrul....next time please make sure you set your time according to Malaysian's time....not South Africa's time!!!

The best of ping pong only come after the game finished. One of the Bakep player...APAK invite us to come to his house and play ping pong. We decided to have a look and followed Apak. There is 1 table infront of Apak's house which is so classic...and probably more than 30years old. THANKSSS Apak for your kind welcome!!!

From Left: Shahrul, Birdie, Azam, Cikgu Lan, Joe, Amsal (Apak's), Megat, Apak, Azamuddin, Asri and Aiman.

17 September 2011

Hitting The Ball

Someone translate it from China National Coach's article...hope we can learn something!!!

When to hit the ball (on the early rise, late rise, highest point, early fall or late fall) and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each:

On the early rise, the speed is highest and the ball is often below the net,  so it is not easy to control... good for borrowing power from the ball on return, but difficult to put more power into the ball from your own stroke... To him, Wang Liqin tends to take BH shots too early.

And yup, best in his opinion to take the ball on late rise: spin is not as strong as when at highest point and timing is quite good ... good for borrowing power from ball as well as for putting power into the ball...  To him, Wang Hao does this the best.

For the highest point, ball is at highest point with respect to the net but increased spin of ball compared with when it is on the rise... the stroke is more obvious, so it is easier for opponent to judge what is coming...
It is the easiest point for hitting and gives the most control... the loop trajectory is higher as there is more time to prepare for the shot... Ok in his opinion, but should aim to have more of the attacking shot to be in the late rise period.

For the early fall period, need to generate more of the power from your own shot ... probably more for choppers, but even then, he suggests that choppers should not concentrate all their shots at this point as they should aim for more shot variation...

The late fall period is best avoided...

by: KPPj8

14 September 2011

Does Multiball Training is Essential?

Someone in the opinion that, the higher the level of the player, the more important multiball training becomes as thats when you'll start seeing that pace and power in opponents. 
We see alot of coaches giving lower level players (puyuh & ayam) multiball and have always questioned it because at that level, they will NEVER face a player that skilled that the multiball speed of recovery will come into play nor will they face anyone who repeatedly will feed them perfect balls with perfect power to the same spots over and over again.  The student does decently in the drills mostly because they can borrow the power and pace from the high level feeder which makes them think they improved greatly.  It also makes the coach look good during the lesson because they love to show off the "progress" to hook you into more lessons. 
However when REAL gameplay comes vs someone of their level, it's completely different from what they trained because they will have no perfect pace/power/placement to borrow from.  They see alot of slow pace balls where they have to generate all the speed and spin which they didn't really train.  In essence, they didn't really learn a thing because they weren't training the way they play.  They end up killing themselves in games via unforced errors from inconsistencies, bad footwork/timing due to the slower pace, bad reading of spin.  This keeps them at the lower levels even if they have had formal lessons for a long time.  It's also just one of the reasons why lower level long pips players can just walk through the lower levels without even knowing how to use the long pips properly.  It doesn't matter if they return it high as long as its weird/slow/spinny... the lower level players will miss more than they make.  Equate it to learning how to build a house but knowing nothing about building the foundation the house will sit on.  The house falls apart when unforeseen things come along.  You can't skip to step D before you can accomplish A/B/C.
If anything, I feel lower level players should adapt to the slower speed of play because they will see a lot of low power balls, slow pace balls, floaty balls, mis-hit or mis-read spinny balls.  It's imperative to be able toconsistently open/finish on these types of shots with a very low rate of unforced errors before you move to higher levels.  At the lower levels, unforced errors are the real killer and as your skill goes higher, the importance of not making stupid mistakes is even more magnified.
Instead of multiball at lower levels, it would benefit the player more just to play practice points or practice games versus opponents near their level.  The other alternative is scripted/free play points (serve, push, open, then free play rally).  It will force you to be able to learn the pace, the footwork/timing associated with it, the ability to read spin to return serves tighter, and the ability to generate your own power  before you move on to the "multi-ball" pace. 
A lot of lower levels like to rant on about "more speed, more power, better rubbers, better blades, the need to tune their rubbers, blah blah blah."  You shouldn't be playing "fast and powerful" if you can't handle playing "slow and controlled" with high consistency and low errors!  That's a recipe for embarassment when someone figures you out and decides to slow pace push you to death (ping pong style by just keeping it on the table with varying underspin) while watching you kill yourself in a "fast and powerful" blaze of glory from unforced errors.

copy & paste from mytt

by: KPPj8

11 September 2011

P8 League - Session 2

P8 League Session 2 is scheduled to be kick off on Tuesday 4th October 2011 (9.00pm to 12.00am).
Here are the final standing of Session 1 and  list of players for both Division 1 and 2 respectively.

Division 1 Final Standing

1) Azroul Shahrin (Champion)
2) Azam Busra (1st Runner Up)
3) Zulkarnain Ahmad (2nd Runner Up)
4) Shahrul (4th Place)
5) Dr Hisham (5th Place)
6) Hisham Puchong
7) Khaled Sameon
8) Megat Hafizi
9) Hamir Haris
10) Fazwan
11) Aiman
12) Ezad Kanan
13) Hakimi
14) Izad Kiri
15) Norhisam PjH
16) Lan Misai
17) Aziz
18) Azamuddin (Relegated to Div 2 for Sesion 2)
19) Ramli Cobra (Relegated to Div 2 for Sesion 2)
20) Shar Saat (Relegated to Div 2 for Sesion 2)
21) Ishak (Relegated to Div 2 for Sesion 2)
22) ManGanu (Relegated to Div 2 for Sesion 2)

Division 2 Final Standing

1) Tengku Shah (Promoted to Divisin 1 for Session 2)
2) Ropi (Promoted to Divisin 1 for Session 2)
3) Asmadi (Promoted to Divisin 1 for Session 2)
4) Nafixiom (Promoted to Divisin 1 for Session 2)
5) Wak Cobra (Promoted to Divisin 1 for Session 2)
6) Lan Lambung
7) Mohd Nor
8) Razli
9) Azizul
10) Hairi Yasaka
11) Amin
12) ManTopi
13) Daros
14) Cikgu Lan
15) Aidi Puchong
16) Mustaqim
17) Johari
18) Asri
19) Shidee
20) Jimmy
21) Norhisham
22) Pak Hassan
23) Jayen