How to do chop?

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 14 years ago

xchg Unknown

xchg Unknown Asked 14 years ago

Hi Coach!

I wanted to ask, how do I perform a chop stroke? I read about chop in Wikipedia, and it says the direction of the stroke is straight down, taken well away from the table. It appears to me that you can use chop against topspin, and topspin against chop as well.

So is it all true? Do you have any tips about how to chop?

Thanks in advance)

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 14 years ago


To play a forehand Chop stroke you start with your bat just behind your right ear.  Your finish is at your right knee.  Your stance is more side on to the table than most other strokes because you have more time.

Have your bat at around 45 degrees (facing the roof) throughout the stroke.

It is effective against a topspin stroke, but you need to be away from the table.  How far away depends on the strength of the topspin. 

Sounds like we will have to do a video on this stroke and put it on our lessons page.  Stray tuned.

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xchg Unknown

xchg Unknown Posted 14 years ago

Yep, thanks, I will watch it as soon as it appears.

xchg Unknown

xchg Unknown Posted 14 years ago

Ok, I did chop today. I followed your tips and it worked! The ball actually rose a little, to a big surprise for my partner)) So I think a chop can really save a point in such cases. It\'s better than hitting the ball up in the air, only to get it smashed back. So - thank you! And I will be waiting for video lessons))

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 14 years ago

Great to hear your chop has improved. That is what we are here for. We will try to get that video of the Chop done in the next couple of weeks.

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