You have followed your passion in table tennis for years on year, and are now at a point in your table tennis development when whacking table tennis balls across the table feels as effortless as taking a sip from a glass of water. Too much of a good thing - or rather too much of a good situation - is bad however, and you suddenly realized that you at a fork in the road of life, pondering deeply about how to deal with your table tennis standard which is too good it cannot be played with consequence. Taking the professional route looks increasingly like the most feasible option available to you, but to even think of going that route you will need to know if you match some (if not all) the criteria of a professional-standard table tennis player. This article is written for the purpose of helping you out in exactly this:

Conventionally, there is a rather standardized list of requirements for anyone seeking to break through the elite barrier in this sport, these are:

  • Your first five shots of a typical rally are accurate and skilled
  • Your actions in a typical rally are forceful and relentless -
  • You use typically use high-octane shots of high speed and high spin.
  • Your service has a nice combination of speed and aggressiveness.
  • You have different serves varied deliberately as and when you like
  • Your return of service has a nice combination of control and aggressiveness.
  • You have variable strokes in return of service, to counter the different serves
  • You have a nice, balanced transition between forehand and backhand strokes
  • You are able to use balanced offensive and defensive strokes.
  • You have a sufficient variety of attack and defense moves
  • You have are able to maintain a consistent level of high alertness throughout game-play, to identify opportunities to turn a defensive play into a winning attacks
  • You have an excellent understanding of the game mechanics and game perception
  • You have the ability to dynamically adjust your tactics during the match.
  • Your close-to-table and middle-table strokes are high-quality and proactive strokes, particularly for offensive strokes
  • You play each point in the match like your last
  • You have a feel for, and adopt, the proper timing to pause within the match (the ability to make strategic timeouts, is what we like to call this)
  • You have abundant competition experience

So how many on this bucket list did you tick off?

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