You may recall the advanced technique “Behind the Shoulder”? It helps you return balls approaching you at shoulder level, off to your racket-side. “Behind the head” takes care of the other side, your backhand. This comes in handy for example, if you don’t have the time to take up position for a low backhand. Just like “behind the shoulder” it is a pivotal move, allowing you to stay in place for quick (re)acting.
“Energetic Playing” – that is how the author experiences BailongBall. In her recently published book “Spirale des Glücks” (Spiral of Happiness), she dedicates an entire section to this sport, explaining how BailongBall helps to bring body and soul in motion.
Looking back at TBBA’s Workshop and Supersion weekend on October 5th and 6th, we learned a lot, had a lot of fun and took a bag full of impressions back home. We met players and trainers from Europe’s Western boundaries, like Portugal, France and the Netherlands, across the continent to Germany and all the way to its Eastern borders, like Russia. What is more – we met friends we have not seen for a year! It is this annual get together, that forms one of the highlights towards the end of the year
For balls approaching high and to your right and perhaps a little too short for a high forehand return (that is if you are right handed – high to your left if you are left handed), you may want to try a variant to surprise your partner. It not only adds the factor of surprise to your game but also adds flexibility to your coverage of the court. Whereas a high forehand return requires you to move towards a shorter ball, this move allows you to maintain your position on the court.
We want to make BailongBall known to everybody. And so we had some airtime on a local TV station, in Rostock. You can also find the video on Youtube – just search for „Toitenwinkler Augenzeuge“. Among other things, the video covers an annual event by citizens of the city districts of Toitenwinel and Dierkowen. The event is open to everybody, young and old. We had an information booth called „kiss the frog“ and has several presentations and activities for everybody to join in.
In our new series of blogs, we show you BailongBall Freestyle elements. This time, we show you the horizontal Racket Twirl – a rotation of the racket around its horizontal axis and the ball.
Bailong Ball is a sport that never ceases to astonish the spectators. Once you’ve seen it, you’re interested in trying it yourself. With so much feedback, it’s just fun to play in public again and again.