Positioning in a rally

Table Tennis Footwork

Last updated 6 years ago

Malke Vu

Malke Vu Asked 7 years ago

I have a typical problem that need to be solved. 

During matches my opponent does a side topspin which reaches almost the net. It goes a right curve. And I am always too slow to reach the ball. Also cross steps and shuffles doesn't help. So what can I do instead? 

Maybe I should predict players movement or which options do I have?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Malke,

Think about your positioning when he is playing the stroke.  You need to be able to cover the possible angles that he has.  So if he is wide on his forehand then you need to move to a wide position on your forehand before he hits the ball.  As soon as you see he is going to hook the ball with sidespin, then you can move even further to your forehand side.  This should allow you to get into position a bit earlier.

Of course you should still work on your footwork movements as well to try and get them faster.


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Malke Vu

Malke Vu Posted 7 years ago

Thanks I will follow your Tipps in my matches:) 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Hi Malke,

For our Premium members we also have a lesson as part of our Receiving Secrets lessons on Receiving Position.



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