Angle of feet on forehand

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Last updated 10 years ago

Naor Gilboa

Naor Gilboa Asked 10 years ago

I'm new to the game, experimenting with different coaches (both were previous olympic team players for US) so both should be good players and one makes a point of telling me I have my back foot too far back and it should only be 2-3 inches behind the left foot (right hander).

Where as the other usually tells me to be more, hasn't specified a specific amount but doesn't seem to have a problem with my back foot being more like 6-8 inches behind the left foot. Which for me is more comfortable and i tend to not make as many errors this way.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi Naor,

Both are acceptable depending on your preference.  When you are closer to the table you can have your feet more square to the table because you also need to be in a reasonable position to be able to play backhands without moving too much because you won't have time to change.  As you go further away from the table you can be more side on for the forehand because you have a bit more time to change if the ball comes to the backhand.

It also depends on where the ball is coming from and where you want to hit it.

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