Footwork in forehand topspin

Table Tennis Footwork

Last updated 10 years ago

rajesh jha

rajesh jha Asked 10 years ago

Hi coach,

I have gotten into a habit of hitting my forehand topspins as a kill shot where i transfer my whole weight from my front leg to back leg,so while practicing consistency shots i am unable to hit more than 2-3 shots as my footwork is too slow to get me back into position and i often get the ball on my backhand... should i stick with the technique till my footwork eventually improves or should i practice hitting forehands with more or less stable legs so that i can concentrate on consistency??What should be the right training method?

 Thanks


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi Rajesh,

I think it is important to get more stable with your legs especially if your weight is transferring backwards during your stroke.  Get your feet further apart and try to make sure that your weight is exactly in the middle when the bat contacts the ball.

Then work on consistency of your stroke with good balance. It is important to get things like this correct before you move on as it will effect the rest of your game. 


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rajesh jha

rajesh jha Posted 10 years ago

no my balance does not transfe rbackwards. It transfers from left to right instead...

Have a look at this video.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cU9ThmrBNFY

i try to practice like this bt m unable to do so. Please advice.

 

Thanx


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 years ago

Rajesh, That takes years and years of training to reach that level of footwork.  Work at being consistent at a slower pace.  It is great that your balance isn't going backwards.

Good luck with it. 


rajesh jha

rajesh jha Posted 10 years ago

Thanx Alois,

I have a frnd who has been playing the game fr the past 10 years.I have seen that his technique isnt conventional by any means,i m no one to comment its bad bcoz he beats most of the so called technical gurus who have spent years sharpening their game and he does this with nonchalant ease and he does not even care about it. He also changes his grip to bring the the thumb a little vertical while hitting backhands. But he has a sense of balance while playing which makes watching his matches a supreme pleasure. His game is sublimely beautiful. Watching him makes me realize the importance of balance. How should i achieve such balance as his??


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 years ago

Balance is a real key to this game.  With it you can get away with a lot and you are more likely to be able to compromise on technique.


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