June 7, 2012

Why am I not improving?

Hi guys, here is a question that some of us are quite familiar with. We are all too familiar of hearing players sobbing and complaining that they don't improve. They always complain about the same things, while the real reasons why they are not improving are left unattended. It happened to me when I was in my teens, and I am here to share some of the bad habits I did. There are certain things that have a lot of influence on most players improvement, but the 3 below are the most common:

1.They choose inadequate equipment. The faster the equipment, the slower they'll learn to handle it, if ever.

2.They do ROBOTIC practice drills, MORONIC exercises and SILLY practice matches with a wrong & biased mentality. Instead of working on their weaknesses, they work ONLY on their strengths. They play for winning on practice matches, and don't use them to practice.

3.They choose the wrong practice partners by the wrong reasons. A partner can be adequate / inadequate for lots of different reasons.

If you want to improve, instead of asking 'why am I not improving?' you could ask yourself 'how can I improve?' ('What am I doing that is making me improve?' and 'Does it really work?'). If you are not improving, your practice sessions LACK something. Spending hours at the table (playing / drilling) will probably make you improve, but when you have a somehow developed game, you need a lot of practice time to notice even a slight improvement. At this point, you need a partner (or coach) that forces you to play at your best, and to polish your strokes, footwork, tactics, whatever.

What's more: finding a partner (just ONE) is no good, unless he's a very good player.What you really need is A WIDE SET of partners so you can hit with all of them. The more different his styles / equipment / personality / tactics / strengths & weaknesses, the better. You have to do FOCUSED practice: Improving a weak point is much easy and quick than improving a strong point. You have to work on your weaknesses:
Some players have no backhand, and a pretty decent decent forehand - guess what are they training? they spend (let's say) 4 hours / week ripping forehands (which I was found guilty ofDescription: http://www.tabletennisdaily.co.uk/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.png). If they practiced 2 hours BH and 2 hours FH per week, they would improve A LOT his overall game.

Inability to rally, to handle (play against) long pips / short pips / antispin / OX rubbers / reglued sponges, to push (yes - there are players than can loop but can't push), or to return serves are huge weaknesses that you can improve. Playing against your buddy, which is always feeding you with that CANDY balls (again, guilty..) so you can loop SO EASY will make you improve, BUT MUCH LESS than looping against that chopper at your club with those dangerous long pips, who will be chopping/feeding and floating POISONED balls to you.

Which brings us nicely to practice partners Description: http://www.tabletennisdaily.co.uk/forum/images/smilies/smile.png, the Good Practice Partners (GPP) and the not so good ones or Bad Practice Partners (BPP):

GPP : Is a constantly changing face. The more styles and equipment you play against, the better.
BPP : Is always the same guy (unless he's way better than you -then you could be a bad practice partner for him-, or he's a good coach).

GPP : Warms up all possible strokes / spins / placement / pace combination: Is not a one-dimensional player.
BPP : Wants to FH to FH loop, all at the same pace for 40 minutes before doing another thing.

GPP : Goes for tight rallies, or drills that allow to develop control and counter control, and forces you to think and take (tactical) decisions during rallies.
BPP : Goes for robotic drills. (like 'OK. Now you loop 1 BH and 1 FH, and I'll block' crosscourt). Allows non-thinking, robotic playing.

GPP : Is a player who (by ANY reason) gives you a hard time when playing matches.
BPP : Is a player who you are very used to play against.

GPP : Favors spin, placement and pace. He forces you to play for control. Makes you practice your footwork and play the ball.
BPP : Favors speed (and not pace). He kills so hard when practicing, that you never have a chance to return (to learn to return) those balls.

GPP : Should be able to surprise you with new serves.
BPP : Won't let you improve your serve return once you are used to his serves.

GPP : Plays an unusual, extreme or complex style as twiddling, penholders that BH-loop, choppers with offensive capabilities, unusual combination rackets... You should have some of those players among your practice partners. 
BPP : Plays an ALL to OFF style, (probably looping with inverted). This style is the most common, and it's the less likely to give you troubles, as you are (probably) VERY used to it already (& it makes me looks good Description: http://www.tabletennisdaily.co.uk/forum/images/smilies/smile.png)

GPP : Has a destructive style of play, don't allowing you to play comfortable, BUT letting you rally - so you can get used to any spin, change of pace, placement, whatever.
BPP : Allows you to play at your best, so you both end feeding each other with easy balls so you look like you could play.

GPP : You play less matches, but they are much more intense and tight as every point is fought hard.
BPP : Play tons of silly matches with you one after another. Matches can be won by any of you and by any result, as neither of you is trying hard.

GPP : Is patient. He will feed you with progressively difficult balls so you can learn to handle those shots that give you problems.
BPP : Don't like to pick up balls. He doesn't seem to understand that missing shots is part of the game

GPP : Is an open minded, nice person.
BPP : Can't win. Can't loose. Trash talks. Cheats. Judges other people. Thinks he can play (doesn't matter how good is he). Has 'TT prejudices'.

GPP : Wants to play other players too.
BPP : Is your TT buddy, and he only wants to play with you.

GPP : Is a friend too.
BPP : You see only at your club and with the sole purpose of practice TT (I used to get a lot of these).

GPP : Gives advices. Show you his weak points, so you'll try to take profit of them, to force him to improve.
BPP : Don't share his knowledge (like: he won't do his best serves except on the match has started). - How do you want to improve with a guy like this?

GPP : Wants to play his weaknesses on your strengths / weaknesses, and viceversa.
BPP : Wants to play his strengths on your strengths to have cool rallies.

GPP : Tries to be a good partner.
BPP : Thinks he is a good partner.

These are some of my experiences, and honestly, they're not intended down talk anyone. I hope you enjoy reading them.

April 6, 2012

Mencari Kayu Ping Pong (Blade) yang Terbaik Untuk permainan anda

Blade ping pong adalah sebahagian peralatan penting dalam sukan ping pong. Walaupun kayu ping pong amatur datang sekali dengan getah, Pemain profesional umumnya membeli kayu ping pong dan getah mereka dan memasang mereka secara berasingan.
Terdapat banyak perbezaan di kalangan kayu ping pong yang mungkin membuat kayu yang lebih berkesan untuk satu jenis pemain daripada yang lain. Beberapa perbezaan ini akan dibincangkan di bawah.

Berat vs Ringan
Blade yang lebih berat akan membolehkan anda untuk memukul bola dengan daya yang luar biasa, tetapi ia juga akan melambatkan masa tindak balas anda. Blade yang ringan membolehkan anda untuk memukul bola dengan cepat, tetapi ia tidak membenarkan anda menggunakan tahap tenaga anda mungkin akan mendapat dengan blade yang lebih berat. Kebanyakan pemain berkompromi mengenai isu ini dan memilih bilah yang di tengah-tengah, seperti blade medium.

Keras vs fleksibel
Jika anda adalah seorang pemain yang pantas yang suka pukulan yang kuat dan keras, maka blade sengit akan menjadi pedamping anda yang terbaik. Jika anda bergantung kurang daya atau kejam dan kasar dan banyak lagi mengenai taktik halus seperti meletakkan putaran yang tidak dijangka pada bola, kemungkinan anda akan menjadi lebih selesa dengan blade sedikit lebih fleksibel.

Berat pada pemegang vs Berat pada kepala blade
Jika anda seorang pemain yang suka menyerang (offensive), anda mungkin mahu yang paling berat blade anda ditempatkan pada kepala untuk menyukarkan pihak lawan anda mengembalikan(return) bola dengan sedikit tambahan "ketekunan." Seorang pemain pertahanan mungkin akan menjadi lebih selesa dengan kawalan yang ditawarkan oleh blade yang mana kebanyakan dari berat yang terletak berhampiran pemegang.

Bentuk Pemegang: Flared(FL) vs Straight(ST)
Kebanyakan pemain mempunyai pukulan depan yang kukuh dan oleh itu lebih suka blade yang kembang sedikit di bahagian bawah pemegang iaitu pemegang Flared(FL), yang membolehkan mereka untuk menjaga kawalan cengkaman mereka walaupun mereka memukul yang paling sukar. Walau bagaimanapun, beberapa pemain mempunyai pukulan kilas yang sangat kuat dan pukulan depan tidak begitu menggerunkan. Pemain-pemain dengan pukulan kilas yang kuat cenderung untuk memilih untuk menggunakan pemegang yang lurus iaitu Straight(ST) supaya mereka boleh beralih blade (flip) dengan mudah pada tangan mereka tanpa perlu bimbang tentang pemegang Flared(FL) mendapatkan dengan cengkaman.

Sesetengah pemain lebih suka untuk menggunakan pemegang anatomi iaitu Anatomic(AN), bermakna pemegang yang dibentuk untuk menampung kira-kira tangan manusia.

Beberapa Nasihat tambahan
Memasang blade dan getah bagi menghasilkan produk terbaik untuk anda boleh menjadi mahal dan memakan masa. Jika anda seorang pemain kasual atau amatur, anda mungkin tidak perlu blade yang mahal. Malah, beberapa pemain amatur membeli blade pertama mereka mengetahui bahawa sebuah blade profesional menghantar bola terbang cepat dan keras. Ia mengambil sedikit masa untuk belajar untuk mengawal strok.
Sebaik sahaja anda telah pergi ke segala masalah membeli dan membina blade anda, jangan mudah hilang sabar dan hempas balde anda ke lantai, baling pada seseorang atau memukul seseorang dengan blade, atau mengetuknya pada meja ping pong. Bukan sahaja anda boleh mencederakan orang lain, anda boleh memusnahkan blade yang unik dan mahal.

Bermain permainan yang baik adalah hanya separuh pertempuran dalam permainan pingpong. Anda juga perlu untuk mencari peralatan yang menyokong gaya permainan. Itulah mengapa, Anda perlu berfikir begitu banyak dan bijak dalam memilih blade pingpong yang paling sesuai untuk anda.

source: http://www.tabletennismaster.com/table-tennis-blade.html

May 15, 2011

Thank You Teacher

First of all,terima kasih,cikgu...ungkapan paling sukar untuk diucapkan kepada seseorang yang telah penat lelah mengajar kita.Selama firdaus belajar,banyak cikgu2 yang telah tunjuk ajar kepada firdaus...memang sukar nak dapat ilmu kalau tidak daripada guru

May 4, 2011

20 Question about KISAS

1) give 5 simple words about kisas…

Budu,Kuliah Subuh,Perpustakaan Kisas,Wak Kanang,KSK
2) korg rse korg meletop kt skul…

rasa pernah sekali meletup kt muka,Kena Penampar di pipi sbb fly dgn faiz gi tengok wayang cerita Transformer 2..

April 29, 2011

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April 26, 2011

Belasungkawa, Allahyarham Al-fadhil, Ust. Kamaruddin Ahmad, Mudir Madrasah Idrisiah.

وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ الصَّالِحَاتِ لاَ نُكَلِّفُ نَفْسًا إِلاَّ وُسْعَهَا أُوْلَـئِكَ أَصْحَابُ الْجَنَّةِ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ
Dan orang-orang yang beriman dan mengerjakan amal-amal yang saleh, Kami tidak memikulkan kewajiban kepada diri seseorang melainkan sekedar kesanggupannya, mereka itulah penghuni-penghuni surga; mereka kekal di dalamnya (QS, 7:42).

Berita sedih untuk seluruh warga Madrasah idrisiah...
Mudir Madrasah idrisiah, AlFadhil, Ustaz Kamaruddin Bin Ahmad,
Meninggal dunia pada 4.30 petang 26 April 2010
di Hospital taiping.
Selaku bekas warga Madrasah idrisiah, marilah kita sedekahkan ALFATIHAH.

Inna lilahira'jiun.....firdaus sungguh terkejut semasa mendapat berita tentang pengetua madrasah idrisiah.Walaupun firdaus cuma berada 3 tahun di madrasah idrisiah(2006-2008).Namun,Jasa&pengorbanan beliau tetap dikenang.Beliau telah banyak membantu pelajar2 idrisiah untuk berjaya.Harap2 beliau ditempatkan bersama2 orang2 yg beriman.


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