• July 19, 2015
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So, after converting to double inverted for a couple of months, and then returning to LPs and chopping, I’ve noticed a miraculous thing has happened.  I have been attacking more, especially on my BH side.  This has been amazing, because twiddling, although a strong suit of my game, wasn’t working for me on the BH to attack with the smooth side.  I was always able to do it in practice, and often in games, but not with the consistency I now have.  Which is strange because I hadn’t twiddled for the 2 months previous when I took a break from LPs.  I am now subconsciously deciding to attack on the BH with smooth, and not even thinking about the fact that I have to twiddle!  That’s a big step for me, and has already proven fruitful as my BH loop and BH hits are better, stronger, and far more consistent than my FH.

If I stopped there, I’d be stoked.  But even MORE improvement happened with the chopping layoff!  Suddenly, out of nowhere I have a consistent FH chop, something I struggled with previously.  I all but abandoned that stroke before in favor of the “guiding” stroke (sort of a distance block).  I can’t credit the change to double inverted in any way because I wasn’t using a chopping stroke on either wing for the last 2 months! 

Where did this come from?  My theory: sometimes taking a break from doing things is good for the brain-body connection allowing you to “reset” muscle memory and erred perception of movements.  How often have you heard from someone- “I took 3 weeks off from Table Tennis (or any sport) and suddenly I’m playing better than I was before?”  This is a common occurrence in most sports. 

 So, previously I only chopped about 10% of the time on the forehand.  Now I’m more like 40%!  I am now much more dynamic on that wing and provide a lot more variation (and problems) for my opponents, especially on shorter topspin balls to the forehand.  I think this is going to be a big change for me.

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Barbara Williams
I've been starting and stopping for the past 6 years (since I had kids) and every time I restart I feel like I've improved some...mainly because since I changed to chop attacker style my main difficulty has be my mental game. And when I restart I always have a fresh new outlook! At this point I fe...
John C. Waters
I have many examples where this has happened to me, one is Table Tennis, another is even video games. I'd practice and practice and then take a break, and return better. I think it just literally allows you to think about the changes you've made and how to improve more. :D Good job on the consistenc...
Mary Stillen
Do you win more points chopping or attacking?
Ian D
Great question!

Direct points? Hard to say, it depends on the opponents. Most opponents cannot consistently loop underspin (US) from chop till say about 1600 USATT. They can, just not consistency. And even many players above 1600, do not train vs. heavy underspin from chop (which is different fro...
Ian D
Wow...I think I should post that response as a blog post. Maybe polish it off...