Defensive footwork

Table Tennis Footwork

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name surname Asked 10 years ago


My name is Alex, I'm from Russia.

 I'm trying to play a defensive style. I can chop loops good on training, but in real game I have such a problem: I don't have enough time to move back from table and get a proper position for chop. My opponents make a very fast drive if I couldn't keep the ball low or they make loop and I can't handle the topspin so the ball goes to the ceiling. But if I have made a chop, it is usually very hard ball for my opponent.

So, could you tell me, what I have to do?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi Alex,

It sounds like you need to modify your training a little.  Try practicing a little more in and out footwork especially moving out quickly after making a push.

This is an important part of being a defensive player.  In training do one short push and then one chop from away from the table.  You can do this repetitively to start with to get the movement correct.

In a match situation at the moment you probably are not getting back fast enough to make your good defensive stroke that you can play in training.  Like with most of Table Tennis footwork is really important.

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name surname Posted 10 years ago

Thanks for your answer. I'll try to use your advise on training.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 years ago

Excellent.  Let me know how it goes.

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