I lost my footwork

Table Tennis Footwork

Last updated 7 years ago

Wayne Sy

Wayne Sy Asked 9 years ago

Hi there coach, I played table tennis yesterday and I noticed that I have lost my footwork. And I am pretty sure that it is not because I did not play for a long time since I am playing regularly. I am guessing that its because I haven't done a footwork drill exercises for a long time, which caused my footwork to become slower. What should I do in order to have my footwork back? And how do I maintain my footwork speed? thanks in advance coach

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Wayne,

The key is definitely regular training.  Do at least one or two footwork drills each time you train.

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D K Posted 7 years ago

Is there any way how to help to improve footwork without having a chance to play at the table?

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

Hi D K,

You can practice your shuffle movement anywhere as long as you have a little space. Watch our footwork basics video and simply practice the shuffle step. You can even take shadow swings between the movements.

Dieter Verhofstadt

Dieter Verhofstadt Posted 7 years ago

I do shadow practice at home, once a week. You can basically do any drill without ball. The good thing about shadow practice is that you can focus on the footwork and returning to neutral position (body & bat). Then, when you do actual training with the ball, you can concentrate on the ball while the body takes care of itself through muscle memory built up during the shadow practice. I have already felt the benefit of this.

The downside is: shadow practice at home is extremely boring and silly. Somehow it is more embarassing for me to be caught by my wife or kids amidst a shadow practice session than when watching a TT video, while shadow practice is definitely returning more on the investment.


D K Posted 7 years ago

Dieter described very well the reasons why I hate this practising.

I am trying it sometimes,but it is sooooo boring.

No motivation,no action,nothing that I can react to.

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

Hey Dieter,

Don't be embarrassed. A lot of table tennis players tend to just do a shadow swing at random times even when they're not specifically practicing!


D K Posted 7 years ago

Embarrasment is one thing

I do not know how dieter,but in my case the main problem is that the practising is actionless


D K Posted 7 years ago

So I surrender after a while,because it is an unreal situation and I have problems with overcoming the difference between reality and a "shadow"

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