Coaching Forum Tip
|Tip of the Month Winner|
Congratulations to Enrique Gomez Bravo of Toluca, Mexico for his contributions to the Coaching Forum contest. The winning entry is listed below for your review and implementation into your training program.
Enrique Gomez Bravo
IMPROVE YOUR DOUBLES TEAMWORK
Have Robo-Pong send the ball to the player A of doubles team AB. Player A must then return this shot and immediately go to his/her left and then to the back. Player B then approaches the table and returns the next shot and does the same as Player A, making something like a circle. Continue like this until you get tired.
(Editor's note: This is an excellent example of a simple drill that will greatly improve your doubles play. One of the keys to becoming a great doubles player is to learn how to get out of the way of your partner, so he/she can execute their own stroke unhindered by your presence. A common method for doing this is using "circle" footwork as described above. Players may circle either left or right, but your partner must know which way you're going before you execute your own shot. Robo-Pong is a terrific aid to training this critical skill. It's often difficult to get someone to practice doubles and you multiply the usefulness of your robot when two people get the benefit of practice at the same time. A great way to develop teamwork.)