[Video] Common ball-watching error – and how to fix it

[Video] Common ball-watching error – and how to fix it

In this video, I demonstrate a very common ball-watching error and how explain how you can stop doing it.


Many players, including myself, are very guilty if this. We play a really good shot, then we pause and keep watching the ball. We’re so busy admiring our own shot, that we don’t recover properly and if the ball comes back, we either play a weak shot or make a mistake.

So in his video, I explain how you can use your eyes better when playing – focusing on your opponent, rather than on your own shot. If you can use your eyes better, you can react quicker to your opponent’s shots and you will be able to play better quality table tennis.

What’s in the video

0:00 – Tom introduces the video

0:58 – Should you watch the ball or your opponent?

02:22 – Tom demonstrates his ‘hit the bottle’ exercise

4:35 – Tom explains why need to stop ball watching

Useful links

> Tom Lodziak’s YouTube Channel

> More online table tennis lessons

About Tom Lodziak

I’m a table tennis coach based in Cambridge in the UK. I have 70+ free table tennis lessons on my popular YouTube channel. I also have 150+ coaching articles to help you improve your table tennis skills. You can read more about my background on my About Tom page.

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