Table Tennis Footwork

Last updated 14 years ago

Abhinav Raje

Abhinav Raje Asked 14 years ago

What excercises to follow which will help in improving the footwork while playing?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 14 years ago

Hi Abinhav,

You need to do lots of set play drills.  Routines where you know where the ball is coming and practice your movement robotically.  This gets your body used to the movement.  After a lot of this practice you can start to introduce more random routines.  As you improve you will start to move more automatically.

The natural tendency for the body is to move your bat towards the ball first.  you need to resist this and get your legs to move first and then when in a balanced position you can play your stroke. 

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Ji-Soo Woo

Ji-Soo Woo Posted 14 years ago

Good advice!

It was a real eye opener.  I realise that when the opponent hits the ball, I always start moving my racquet first.  I have to really work on getting used to moving my feet first - but it really does feel counter-intuitive.

Often in table tennis, the game feels very quick but you actually have more time than you think. 

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