Winning Deuce Table Tennis Games
There are several key factors that you must remember when playing deuce games in table tennis.
1. What you did right – You have won 10 points during the table tennis game and you must have a clear memory as to which serves won the point outright and which serves setup your game best. You also must have a clear memory about which locations worked best and what game patterns worked best.
2. What you did wrong – You have lost 10 points during the game and you must have a clear memory as to which serves didn’t work well to set-up your game and which serves or patterns that your opponent used to win points. Step back and ask yourself, “If my opponent serves that same tricky serve again, what would I do differently to return it?”
3. To stay within your means – Don’t try something that you aren’t capable of and don’t try something that is extremely risky. Play your best game and perform well, but don’t overplay.
4. To take your time between points – Winning close games is mostly about your mental performance. You have already showed that you can perform at the same level as the other player during the last 20 points. If you are able to take your time, think clearly, and play smart, you should be able to win. Also, consider taking a timeout near the end of the game.
5. Winning ugly is ok – You don’t have to finish the match with a jaw-dropping, standing-ovation, counter loop roller around the net. Do what you need to do to win. Don’t try to play for the crowd and don’t try to play for the highlight film.
6. Have fun – Think of close table tennis games as a challenge. Instead of fearing deuce games, enjoy them!
- Jena Newgarden