Posted December 18th, 2014 @ 12:48pm by Erik J. Barzeski
I'm getting into table tennis a little bit…
Why the Falkenberg Drill is Awesome
I love the Falkenberg drill. It's an absolute classic! Here are a few reasons why it's so good and why you should be doing it.
- It has big movements - The Falkenberg drill gets you covering the whole table. Other regular movement drills, such as BH, FH middle, BH, FH wide, can be practiced with only small adjustments of the feet. Falkenberg, on the other hand, has you constantly performing huge movements as you get round the corner (tough) and then move to play a second forehand wide (even tougher).
- It's versatile - The Falkenberg drill is extremely versatile. I'll go into a big more detail in a minute but beginners can play drives, more advanced players can topspin, even more advanced players could get the controller to counter-topspin. You can also change the line of play, start with a serve, play free after the first or second wide forehand. There are so many option available.
- It can be a warm-up - The Falkenberg drill can be toned down and used as a great warm up. Just play drive to drive and work your way through the shots warming up your upper and lower body. You can share the drill with a partner doing one set each and slowly building up the intensity over a few minutes. It'll get you warmed-up and ready to play much better than jogging around the hall!
- It's multiball friendly - As we saw in the video the Falkenberg drill is great for multiball. You can get a coach or feeder to speed up the balls to work on your fitness, agility and quickness. You could also get them to feed backspin balls to the three positions and work on your opening up with movement.
- It'll improve your balance - One of the biggest problems in table tennis is losing your balance. Once you've lost it you wont be able to move to balls, put power into your shots and you may end up just drifting further and further away from the table. The Falknenberg drill is great chance to practice improving your balance. Big movements, a quick feed, and knowing where the ball is going to go makes it perfect for working on keeping your centre of gravity low and central.