Push and chop

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

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akhilesh grover

akhilesh grover Asked 10 years ago

Please tell me what is the difference between a push and a chop?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi Akhilesh,

A push is a stroke that is played close to the table.  It can have a varying amount of backspin from very little to a lot. 

A chop is usually referred to a shot that is played from away from the table.  It also can have varying amounts of backspin on it.

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Weifeng Huang

Weifeng Huang Posted 8 years ago

I got it.

Frendy Halim

Frendy Halim Posted 8 years ago

So, can i chop the ball near the table to put a lot of backspin on the ball? If yes, how?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

If you come under the ball and brush it fast you will get a lot of backspin.  It doesn’t really matter what you call it.

thijs gruwez

thijs gruwez Posted 5 years ago


Hi Alois I don’t know the correct word for it in English but there is still the difference between a push and a ‘backspin’ push.




I was told by an ex national player never (ever ever ever) to push with backspin if the other one already did the same. It will only drive the ball easily into the net because of the downward motion.


A short backspin should be gently lifted with open bat to the other side. What’s you view on this?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

Hi Thijs,

You can push back a backspin ball with another backspin.  You need to have some good touch to do it but it is definitely possible.  You need to open the angle of your bat and lightly brush under the ball.

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