Missing the ball too much

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 7 years ago

Daniel Rust

Daniel Rust Asked 7 years ago

So I've been playing table tennis for a while now, and I've been getting good at fast hits, and putting lots of topspin on my mid rally returns, but the one problem is I miss the ball often on my forehand and backhand. I think it might be that I'm moving my bat up too fast or not pushing forward enough. I was wondering what I could do to prevent missing the ball so much, or if by just playing I will develop more accuracy with my hits. Is there any drills I can practice, or anything else I should focus on or look for when I train?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Daniel,

I think you should focus on moving your bat more forward at the start of your stroke.  Go back to playing the ball slowly and get the forward motion at the start of the stroke to give yourself a better chance to make contact.

The forward motion can also be assisted with a rotation of your waist.  This naturally moves the bat forward rather than too much upwards.

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