Try something new after the break? How to change the game system!

Try something new after the break? How to change the game system!

Changing the table tennis game system

Is the forced break the perfect opportunity to change the game system?

The little white ball is resting almost all over the world. A few of you can shorten the waiting time with a table in the basement or in the garden (sometimes with a robot). It's not the same as playing indoors as you're used to from before...but still something. As with many other things, sometimes you only realize when something is missing what you had.

That's where a little pastime comes in handy. The current lockdown stimulates creativity in some people. The social networks are currently flooded with funny and interesting table tennis videos. From creative #stayhome videos, to videos in which the ping-pong ball bounces over various obstacles into the cup, to videos of players carrying the ping-pong ball to fellow players around the world. We are very happy that the table tennis community is lively and active during this time. That can only be advertising for our sport.

We are also currently experiencing a 180 degree turn in the sale of table tennis items. Although there are some players who use their free time to replace their rubbers or blades, this is a minority. Instead, we hear from some table tennis dealers that the demand for mini tables for at home has increased enormously. So until it's back to the big table, let's keep fit with our little brother. It can also be fun to watch past games with great rallies on YouTube. It's a time of change. Many table tennis players also use the change in society to question their game system.

Because we are currently receiving a lot of inquiries from players from the district class to the association leagues who want to change their game system or even change it extremely. There were also some inquiries from offensive players who would like to try a pimple rubber after the break...

The most common justifications we receive are as follows:

  1. These players want to get away from the same and often monotonous offensive game. They want more flexibility and fun with the pimple. The break literally boosts the motivation to try something #new. We also encouraged these players and said: if you don't try it now, when will you?

  2. These players have been stagnating in terms of play for months or years. They would now like to discover the "magic" of the pimples for themselves with new energy and correct their TTR value upwards.

But how does a major system changeover work? We have compiled the most important facts for you:

  1. At the very beginning I have to ask myself what goal I want to achieve with a changeover? For example: do I want to make my game a bit more offensive and do I want to be more unpredictable for the opponent? Do I want to increase my control? Do I want to try something crazy just for the fun of it, where the result is secondary? Do I want to cover up a certain weak point (e.g. service acceptance)?... There can be many reasons for changing something.

  2. If necessary, I need adapted material for my desired conversion. Here I have to find something that fits my desired goals.

  3. The biggest change is in the mind. We noticed that, especially at the beginning, many players make the same stroke movement as before with the other type of rubber. At the same time, however, they hope for a completely different result. However, this usually only works to a limited extent. Adapted movements (sometimes light, sometimes strong) are often necessary. You have to accept that.

  4. It also takes some time to get used to new movements and new processes in the game system. After this long forced break, some will find it easier to get used to it than in normal operation. Familiar, old patterns are no longer quite as present. Therefore we have to distinguish between a long pimple and a short pimple.

  5. A change is usually easier if you first practice individual new beats in isolation. If these fit quite well, then the time has come to use them in more irregular situations. If you start directly with many new things at the same time, then this usually leads to the fact that nothing works properly and that nothing can be consolidated.

We hope that the tips have helped you and maybe you too are motivated to try something new. Stay healthy and let's hope that we can return to the big table and normality as soon as possible. Do you plan to change your game system? We are looking forward to your comments!

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Greetings from the Sauer & Tröger team

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