Advice for big players

Table Tennis Footwork

Last updated 7 years ago

Matt M

Matt M Asked 7 years ago

Hi pingskills, I just wanted to ask if you have any advice for big players as I am 6'7 300+ pounds I love both bodybuilding and table tennis, especially table tennis! But obviously being this size slows me down and I feel I am at a big disadvantage, I have lost a little weight which will obviously make me a little lighter on my feet but I can't change my height without cutting off my own legs but I feel that would make my footwork even worse! Any advice is appreciated. :)

Thanks. Matt.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Matt,

The 'legs' option is not a good one...

I think using your reach is the first thing to think about.  To do this, you need to have a fairly wide stance and then bend your knees.  This will give you the ability to cover a really wide area without actually having to move your feet. You will need fairly good strength in your legs to maintain that position, but it sounds like you have that covered.

The middle ball is the one that is difficult for most tall players.  By bending and having a wide stance you can sway out of the way when the ball is in the middle to cover that area.

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Matt M

Matt M Posted 7 years ago

Thank you Alois, I will keep the legs for now then ;) 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago


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