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Most if not all table tennis players have used or are using regular training to improve their game. I believe regular training is an extremely important aspect in today's game but over used in most training sessions.
What do we get out of regular training?
You will develop good or bad technique depending on how you are taught and in time your strokes will be second nature, meaning after a stroke has been reproduced over a certain amount of times (approx 5,000 times), it becomes muscle memory.
Systematic training provide you with increased consistency, improved footwork and good or bad technique. Other than those three it has nothing else to offer.
Having worked with some of the best players and coaches in the world I have come to a conclusion which is debatable so feel free to challenge me. I believe regular training should only be done for 2-5 years initial stage (I call it the development stage).
Change your ways!
Once a player has reached a certain technical ability their focus should shift away from systematic training into semi-irregular and irregular training. If a player has developed what I call the foundations (the basic four strokes to a high level) that player is hampering his or her progress dramatically by continuously preforming regular exercises.
We develop by continuously pushing the boundaries and giving our brain challenges which it must fined the answers (by challenging our brain we develop at a much faster rate). We are not challenged by regular training and it does not resemble a real game situation so why do we persist on doing it?
If you are at a level where you have a good forehand and backhand and your progression seems to have slowed down, ask yourself how are you training? As mentioned above you must focus on regular training at your development stage and you will notice huge gains. But once you've developed your shots the progression line will flatten out which means you need to change your training methods. Yes, you need to stop the regular training and focus on everything but regular...
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