Jörgen Persson, European Table Tennis Hall of Famer, needs no introduction. Born in Halmstad, Sweden, he participated in seven Olympic Games from 1988 to 2012, reaching the fourth place in 2000 and 2008, and achieved the world number 1 ranking at the beginning of the ’90s. He was recently given an Honorary Doctorate of Halmstad University, and was named the official ambassador for the 2018 World Team Championships. Currently he is coaching in Malaysia, in the T2 Asia-Pacific Table Tennis League. Too many for a comprehensive list, we will name just some of Jörgen’s achievements. He won the World Table Tennis Championships four times with the Swedish team in 1989, 1991, 1993 and 2000. He was the Singles World Table Tennis Champion in 1991 in Chiba City, and the European Table Tennis Champion nine times in 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1996 and 2000 (once in singles, twice in doubles and six times with the Swedish team). He also won the Table Tennis World Cup twice, in 1990 and 1991. Fans will remember him for his strong top spin play from a half-distance and signature backhand. During the 2018 Sports Science Conference, staged at the Halmstad University from the 25th to the 27th of April, just before the Liebherr 2018 World Team Championships, Jörgen Persson gave an amazing technical and tactical workshop/lecture called Beyond The Horizon. During this lecture, he takes us through the evolution of table tennis over the last 18 years, talks about the various training methods and technical skills needed for the future and the importance of physical preparation and tactical awareness for a top level table tennis player.
Part 2
In Part 2: – Practical examples, the backhand banana flick, the short and long service (0:003:20) – The game of power, the new plastic ball with less spin and more speed, shorter games, how the new ball gives the players a little more time to react & how it bounces with better consistency (3:205:26) – How the backhand push is coming back, practical examples again, the importance of keeping your body in a stable position with good footwork (5:269:05) – How the younger players are physically better prepared than before, the importance of using the entire table & how a key point in a player’s game is stroke variation (9:0511:40) – The Q&A part of the lecture – Question 1 – If the game needs any more changes at the moment (11:4012:34) – The Q&A part of the lecture – Question 2 – How important is a coach during a game (12:3413:24) – The Q&A part of the lecture – Question 3 – About how body language can influence the course of the game, the mental game (13:2415:03) – The Q&A part of the lecture – Question 4 – About the hard moments in his career (15:0317:16)
Part 1
In Part 1: – About his Honorary Doctorate, how table tennis, and working in the hall is an integral part of his life (0:000:52) – The year 2000, 18 years ago, the 38mm celluloid ball, various players’ styles, the longer games, the World Table Tennis Championships in 2000 in Kuala Lumpur (0:524:08) – How the 40mm ball had an unpredictable, erratic behavior, big changes in style that came with it & practical examples of strokes (4:0810:42) – The year 2008, 10 years ago; the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, the shorter game, how important confidence can be, mental toughness, how physical elements were becoming dominant in preparation, the lesson from Stellan Bengtsson (10:4216:16) – The Falkenberg drill and its benefits, the positive effects of multiball, how it helps you in competition (16:1620:42)