Would you like to know how to improve
your ability by “ideal timing” ?
Each returnboard’s bloc angle
(level 1 to 21; these 21 different angles can be fixed by the help of a guide rail)
refers to a speed range, allowing you a repeated rally by applying the ideal timing
more spin will compensate lower speed
Aufschlag = Service / Anfänger = learner / Fortgeschrittene = advanced learner / Könner = adept
Check your timing when:
- the first or second return gets caught in the net
- the second or third return is played with full power
so that it ends beyond the base line
It is an advantage to respond to a strong topspin with a stronger topspin, isn’t it ?
So, if you manage to respond to five fast topspins with five faster topspins,
this will increase your chance of winning.
What is mandatory to achieve this ?
It is necessary to adapt a quick coordination of tempo, rotation and positioning
to the high ball velocity within a rally
A correct body movement before a precise hit of the ball and
footwork have to suit to the tempo as well.
Also, you’d need a good anticipation – you have to recognize the properties
of the arriving ball.
Video forehand/backhand training
These are some decisive elements for a good technique of table tennis.
For champions, these actions have been developed
and trained for years to become automated actions.
For learners, the simultaneous control of all these elements is much more difficult.
They even can’t identify the source of a failed return.
They have to appropriate this ability continuously during the training
Youth coaches within the clubs employ more often training tools,
such as the Double Returnboard.
Pupils and adolescents are obtaining a double feedback by using these tools:
firstly a visual feedback by following the ball dropping
from the Returnboard
secondly a verbal feedback
from their trainer providing them with corrective advises
video many ball training
Particularly for beginners – perception represents a decisive element
for a successful training of individual skills and new techniques.
Learners receive an immediate feedback for the execution of any hit.
Scale for enhancement of technique
is there a possibility to mesure any advancement of individual technique ?
Is there a possibility to train the steadiness of topspins within longer rallies ?
what are the advantages of training with Returnboard ?
Double Returnboard represents a tool which allows you to scale your increased performance.
Each angle – fixable from level 1 to level 21 – refers to speed range for repeated rally.
The applied speed level can be increased from training session to training session
according to the achieved performance of the player.
(example for a scalable increased performance:
the player was able to return the ball 5 times in level 10 at the beginning
of his training with Returnboard;
after 3 months, he managed to return the ball 5-8 times in level 15).
He has obtained a better control of speed, rotation, placing, footwork,
body movement and precise hit of the ball while the level has been increased.
continuous training of faster and longer rallys
leads to a positive impact in league games.
The use of Returnboard offers new training perspectives
within beginners training and moreover youth training !
Double Returnboard is a reasonable amendment
to the training supply of any club.
From „non-league“ to „major-league“
through differentiated increase of
degree of difficulty
Many a player is asking himself if he has reached the limit of his capabilities
or if there’s still progression possible.
As far as he is ready to strike a new path, he will be able to overcome his limits
and finally improve his technique and steadiness of returns
by the help of Double Returnboard.
Phil, too, has followed this path and he expresses his impression as follows:
Question: Who to improve my backhand ?
„ I think, there’s no exageration in saying that I’m a specialist of backhand returns!
At least, this is what the other players of my club are saying!
I’ve trained my backhand by the help of Returnboard to become stronger.
It was an immense support for me – the acquisition paid !“
“leisure-training“ of table-tennis in the
Table tennis is applicable at best for all ages as a leisure activity.
Recently, a player who stopped his competition participation, ordered a Double Returnboard.
He wanted to continue to use his table and continue to practice table tennis
when ever he felt like it.
the combination of leisure and table tennis seem to be an ideal timing
Video hobby room training
the ball, jumping off the Returnboard ist he optical feedback
for the player and reflects the performance of his technique.
This feedback also gives a clear advice of why the strike went wrong.
Speed too low ……………. the returned ball will be catched by the net.
Speed too high ………….. the returned ball will pass the base line.
Appropriate timing …….. the ball will reach the table near the base line.
Regarding precisely placed balls, Returnboard works analogically to optical principals (e.g. mirror):
angle of incidence equals angle of reflexion.
Bigger angles requires adequate / better footwork !
Little ball rotation ……….. smooth drop from Returnboard
Important ball rotation … high drop of topspin
Higher drop of multiple successive topspins allows rallys in level 15 to 20.
Side-Spin - forehand or backhand
When the racket swings up to player’s ear after the stroke motion you create a side-spin.
This side-spin will be recognized easily at it sideway drop from Returnboard.
Video you see side-spin on returnboard
this technique, so-called „wiper“ are often unconciously adopted by beginners.
The coach can show the effect of this technique (forehand- and backhandwise)
by the help of Returnboard.
He can also control if his corrective advises are applied accordingly.
Increased request – time element
When playing „hand to hand“, each player has to face up to the highest demands.
Variable placings, changing speed and different rotations
require very high attention and relevant reaction.
Returnboard offers a training with increased demands on an additional level
– the element „time“/“timing“-
the opponent usually hits the ball about 0,5m to 1m behind the base line.
Returnboard is placed near the base line.
Due to the reduced distance, the ball is coming back to the player even quicker
than if you play „hand to hand“.
Therefore, the player is obliged to coordinate
speed, rotation, placing, footwork, movement and precise/ideal hit of the ball
This is a good exercise to train and improve your own quickness in reaction.
This finally leads to a higher return stability.
Everyone can execute the training corresponding to his individual time-frame.
According to his level of technique he chooses the relevant angle (between 1 and 21).
If the players selects a higher level for his training session,
he reduces the time-frame accordingly
and will train his technique on a higher speed level.
The increasing enthusiasm for this new table tennis training method
leads to a rising number of purchase orders for Double Returnboard,
placed by clubs or individual leisure players
Germany, Austria, England, France, Denmark, Spain, USA, Canada, Australia, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Hawaii, Korea, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Switzerland.
……. If you have questions regarding „ideal timing“ or
if you only wish to let me know about your experiences,
……. just send your message to
Yours sincerely Michael Pollak
RETURNBOARD with feedback of your play
Video topspintraining with trainer
Returnboard to learn table-tennis
New, professional support for intensive training.
Both parts of the board placed one beside the other are covering the whole table width.
It is recommended to use the board in combination with individual training,
Optimizing attacks and especially forehand/backhand-TOPSPIN and returns.
The board providesthe relevant feed-back of all service variaties.
The ultimate fitness tool for table-tennis players who want to
keep on training on their own.