Table-Based Drills for Improving Reactions in Table Tennis

There are a number of exercises and drills that can be performed using the table in order to improve your reaction times in table tennis.

By Megan O'Connell

Published September 29, 2020.

During a table tennis match, decisions need to be made within a fraction of a second and reactions need to be incredibly quick, making table tennis one of the most reflex intensive sports in the world.

Luckily, reflexes and reaction times can be improved through training, meaning that almost anyone can become better at the sport over time. There are many ways to improve your reaction time for sports, including reflex drills and reaction drills.

There are a number of exercises and drills that can be performed using the table in order to improve your reaction times. These table tennis training drills are sport-specific and are designed to improve your reaction times for table tennis specifically.

Random Drills

Any drills which don't follow a fixed pattern and have an element of randomness and surprise will help to improve reflexes and reaction times. A popular drill is to stand on either side of the table and have your partner serve to anywhere on the table. You will need to stand still and play from a fixed point, returning your partners serve each time. This is a great drill to improve your reaction time.

Multiball Drills

Playing table tennis with multiple balls at once is a great way to improve reflexes and reactions as the game will operate at a much greater speed and frequency than it would with just a single ball. The various balls will move at different speeds and in different directions, forcing you to react quickly in order to return the balls to your opponent.