Floor board shots-footwork

Table Tennis Footwork

Last updated 9 years ago

Justin O'Toole

Justin O'Toole Asked 9 years ago

Hey Alois how are you my question is this at the Geelong table tennis centre some of the back courts are floor board and extremely slippery. I find them dangerous and evey time i have to play on them get a sore back-tight hamstrings. I detest playing on them and slip 95% of the time.

I can't move at all without slipping i feel like i am going to do a major career ending injury.!! A couple of other players feel the same way and hate playing on them. But quite lot of players love these courts and enjoy sliding into there shots on them.

What can i do to avoid slipping on every shot on these courts I know i can ask to move to other courts the taraflex ones, but feel like a bad sport if i ask my opponents to move courts. It's not a mental thing as i am always slipping on these courts. How can i have better footwork on these dangerous slippery floor boards.? I should be able to play anywhere and on any surface right Alois.?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Justin,

I really don't like playing on slippery courts either.  One thing that will help is if you run a dust mop over them before you start.  Sometimes it is a case of the dust layer that causes the slip.  

Also, think more about staying better balanced, with your weight over your knees.  Have a slightly narrower stance so more of your weight is going downwards rather than pushing sideways.

You are really lucky to have Taraflex to play on sometimes.  Most players around the world would love to have it.


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Debo :

Debo : Posted 9 years ago

some rosin dust (used for electronic soldering) will help.   have a try.

 


Justin O'Toole

Justin O'Toole Posted 9 years ago

Great answer rosin dust never heard of it till you mentioned it did not know anything about it. Have done my research on it thank you. You see we learn something new evry day fantasic answer.


Aasim Showkat

Aasim Showkat Posted 9 years ago

play bare footed on such areas 


Michael Pickering

Michael Pickering Posted 9 years ago

Justin can you please give some feedback on the rosin dust once you have tried it.


Debo :

Debo : Posted 9 years ago

Rosin dust will surely help.  That is a old tested method.


Justin O'Toole

Justin O'Toole Posted 9 years ago

Yes i have feedback from a chineese friend Michael he is a pritty good table tennis player. He reckon's rosin dust is good it helps a bit. He reckomends it. I am yet to try it i but have done some research on it. I'll try and get some and specifcally go my local centre one day and try it.!

I can't tell you personally yet what it is like or if it helps but i have been told it works, as my chineese friend reckons its great and helps.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Hi Debo,

Does it effect the wooden flooring in any way?


Debo :

Debo : Posted 9 years ago

Surely it will, but in wooden floors we hardly require it, a good TT or badminton shoe with a little bit of water will do the job nicely.  But in tournaments in different clubs we observe different flooring and some of them are slippery made of stones, cement, mosaic, tiles etc.  with hardly any grip on them.  Here, rosin dust really work nicely.  But, I have no idea about it's after effect on highly quality finished wooden flooring.  However, rosin we get from plants, it's not a chemical.

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Ok, thanks Debo.


Michael Pickering

Michael Pickering Posted 9 years ago

Thanks Justin, keep us posted with the results.


Abhiram Reddy

Abhiram Reddy Posted 9 years ago

Yeah like debo said try wetting your shoes a little.Even our college has extremely slippery wooden flooring (fortunately its only the badminton court) and i have seen people creating a small puddle and wetting their shoes frequently as they played
.the alternative is to use a different type of shoes other than non marking ones which worked pretty effectively for me ,although u may cause yourself injuries (ask alois) .


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

The water can work.  The higher bulkier shoes do tend to grip quite well but there is the risk of twisting your ankle because of the sideways movement.


Justin O'Toole

Justin O'Toole Posted 9 years ago

Thanks Debo sounds like you know you rosin dust, before you ever mentioned it i had never heard of it. I asked a few table tennis players at my club about it and some had never heard of it but a couple of guys new a fair bit about it. One bloke said it was good for dancing clubs in halls so they slid when dancing and did not slip.

Anyway thank you very much Debo iv'e learned something new.



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