Game and skills analysis Kang Dongsoo (South Korea)


The following observations are of course my personal view and do not claim to be the “truth”!

Here comes KANG_Dongsoo (South Korea):

In this game one thing that Kang did, put him into trouble: He did “stop push” the ball on Muramatsus defence often putting the ball too long or too high.  He should practice faking to topspin again and then stop push a ball with the long pimples that bounces at least twice on the table. This is a doable excercise rarely used by defenders!

Strengths:

  • very good footwork
  • very consistent and very choppy backhand defence
  • very good and very consistent forehand topspin against pushes
  • good and also choppy forehand defence
  • very good backhand serves

Weaknesses:

  • return on serve occasionally bounces back too high or too short making it easy for the opponent to punish him with fast topspins
  • variety of forehand serves has room for improvement
  • sometimes forehand chop on heavily “loaded” topspins return too high.
  • I have not seen him blocking or smashing with his backhand so far neither with the pimples out or pimples in-side.

Suggestions:

  • Improve forehand serves. Get serves to bounce shorter, if not intended to go long and fast
  • should consider taking the long pips on the forehand when defending on very spinny but slow topspins.
  • Occasionally use backhand block down the line as a variation to defending by chop.
  • Occasionally use backhand topspin as a variation just to break up the game
  • Generally I see a huge potential for this player to continually climb the ITTF ranking up to the top 50 players.
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