Improve my footwork

Table Tennis Footwork

Last updated 9 years ago

Yoan Pelletier

Yoan Pelletier Asked 9 years ago

I my name is Yoan and I have a question for you ! How can I improve my footwork. I would be very happy if you could make a video on this.

Thank you.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Yoan,

You are lucky because we have lessons on this as well.

Take a look at our lesson on Footwork Basics.  Once you get the movements correct then you need to practice it as often as possible.

We have a lot of footwork drills in our free downloads on Training Drills.  Look thourhg them and then try some of them to work on your footwork.


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Frendy Halim

Frendy Halim Posted 9 years ago

sir alois, i get confused when the ball is wide what should i do ? In and out footwork or sideway ? And what's the best foot movement ? Please for the answer :D thank you very much

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Hi Frendy,

Ideally you want to use the "shuffle step" that we describe in the Footwork Basics video Alois mentions above. This leaves you in a good balanced position for the next ball. However if the ball is too wide, you will need to use the cross over step. The crossover step is where you cross one leg over the other to reach the ball. It can get you to a wider ball but it is much harder to recover for the next ball.


Frendy Halim

Frendy Halim Posted 9 years ago

Should i move my leg as where the ball go ? If the ball go wide to left so i must use my left leg and do so if the ball wide to right ?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

It is best to use both legs so that you remain balanced.


Frendy Halim

Frendy Halim Posted 9 years ago

Okay thank you for the answer ^^

Erriza Shalahuddin

Erriza Shalahuddin Posted 9 years ago

I want to ask a question about doing footwork drill.

After I hit the ball, when should I move to do the next stroke? BEFORE my partner hit the ball or AFTER he do?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Hi Erriza,

When you are learning the movement and doing set drills where you know where the ball is coming, it is OK to move even before he hits the ball. The purpose of this drilling is to get the movements correct.  However, in a match situation, it is more about watching the ball and tracking where it is coming so in that case it is after they have hit the ball.


Erriza Shalahuddin

Erriza Shalahuddin Posted 9 years ago

Alright, coach, thanks for your explanation.



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