Tournament Tips for Saturday Tournament in Waco

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Toxicspin 2nd a...
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I'm looking forward to a tournament on Saturday, do you have any tips that may help me out?  I know to watch players to see how they serve and attack and just observe to see how they play in general.  I'm also one of those people that like to see my opponents ratings before we play, some of my friends dont like to look (good or bad).  I have been practicing and should have a lot of fun playing.  The Waco tournament is the most fun and enjoyable tournament in our region.  kudos to the folks that run this tournament.

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Re: Tournament Tips for Saturday Tournament in Waco

The tournament was fantastic again, ran smooth and really didn’t have much waiting times to play.  I played okay but didn’t play outstanding (Doubles 3rd in C and Singles 3rd in C and choked).  I decided after the tournament to go back to long pips on my backhand and short pips on my forehand from using inverted on both sides.  Not fully sure about the forehand because I may go with inverted if I cannot find a comfortable short pips to use. 

 I’m 51 now and I don’t think I’m going to get much faster without tons of workouts/practice sessions.  I used to use long pips when frictionless was okay, but I used it on my forehand and it caused some folks a lot of problems.  I used inverted on my backhand and it worked to some extent.

I met Doug from Corpus and I've played in a few tournaments with Doug before, very good player.  I've gone to the Texas Wesleyan  tournaments before and maybe see you there.

mjamja
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Re: Tournament Tips for Saturday Tournament in Waco

Doug was not very happy with the way he played.  He has been working on lots of new stuff in our lessons and said that he was kind of confused on whether to use his new techniques or the old techniques and sometimes the confusion was happening right in the middle of rallys.  He has not been getting to play as many matches as usual because he and several of the other players he normally would play are doing more lesson sessions and are not coming during the normal open play club times.  He just felt like he never really got into the rythym of match play until his last match of the tournament.  I guess short term regression is not unusual when you are working on lots of new stuff in your game.  I hope he gets it sorted out and gets the improvement in play at the next tournament that he deserves from the work he is putting into his game.

Hope we do get to meet at the Wesleyan tournament.

Mark

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Re: Tournament Tips for Saturday Tournament in Waco

Toxicspin,

You have no chance in Waco.  Although our coach would not let the rest of us go (he did not want us to bring shame on our club with our bad play) the Corpus Christi Table Tennis Club president will be in attendance.  With all his recent training he will be a force to be reckoned with.  Or maybe will all the changes to his game he will be so confused that he will not know what to do.  He too thinks very highly of this tournament and has been going for a number of years.  I have never gone to the Waco event but have heard really good things about it from all of the club members who have attended it.

Hopefully, I will get to play in the Wesleyan tournament in November if I can recover from my injuries in time to catch back up with training I am missing.

Good luck in Waco.  When you get back pleas post some feedback on how the tournament went in general and how you did.

 

Mark

Larry Hodges
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Re: Tournament Tips for Saturday Tournament in Waco

Hi Toxicspin, this might help! Ten-Point Plan to Tournament Success