Nets and Edges during table tennis game: Learn how to tackle it

Nets and Edges during table tennis game

Many championship matches are won and lost on “lucky balls” – nets and edges.  At the elite level, returning nets and edges is a skill that takes years to master.  In this blog, I’m going to give several tips on how to safely land these balls.

#1 Feet First
In table tennis, it is ideal to move into position then swing.  Most club players have this reversed.  Most club players try to reach the ball; then once they can’t reach it, they lunge for it.  If you are disciplined in moving then swinging, you will have a much easier time making the last minute adjustment with your hand.

#2 Read the Spin
When the ball hits the net or edge, it maintains the same spin.  For example, if your opponent loops at you, the ball has topspin.  When it hits the net, it still has topspin; so make sure that you cover over the ball.

#3 Over the Table
If you are returning a net ball, I would suggest contacting the ball over the table.  Once the ball drops below the table, it is much more difficult to control.

#4 Keep It Low
The most important part about returning nets and edges is keeping the ball low.  If the ball is returned high, your opponent will probably smash.  If you return low, your surprised opponent will be forced to make a difficult return.

#5 Go For It
The best way to practice returning nets and edges is to…  Go For It!
Every practice, every club night, every tournament gives you an opportunity to practice this skill.  My mind is so engrained with reacting for the net ball, that I even jump when watching a table tennis DVD.  You too can train yourself if you put forth the effort.  It’s fun!  Go for it!

 

Video on how frustrating and crucial can net and edges be!!

Samson Dubina
Samson started table tennis at age 12 in Canton, Ohio at a local church then progressed to the Canton Table Tennis Club at the YWCA. He then continued sharpening his skills as a training partner for the Olympic team of Canada from 2004-2007. In recent years, Samson has achieved many titles while traveling to Europe, Asia, and throughout North America competing in nearly 400 tournaments over the last 20 years. Currently Samson is training, competing in tournaments, coaching the top players in the state of Ohio, and is now coaching the top players in America. Coach Samson Dubina has been awarded the 2015, 2016, and 2017 USATT Technology Coach of the Year and was also a 2016 US National Team Coach.
http://www.samsondubina.com/
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