Read the ball and move

Table Tennis Footwork

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Frendy Halim

Frendy Halim Asked 8 years ago

Hi PingSkills.

Why I'm practice my strokes, why i can't move my leg in the rally ? So for example my coach place the ball to my forehand side when i'm practicing my forehand strokes, then he put the ball on the middle side of the table or on my backhand side and I can't move my leg to the good position to make the forehand strokes.

Can you help on how to move in the short time by watching the ball and make the strokes well... it's a big problem for me especially when making the forehand attacking strokes and i lose a lot of points because of this.

Please help me. thank you very much

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Frendy,

It is important to make a jump with both legs to get into position and then be stable to hit the ball back.  If you are still moving while you play the stroke it will make it more difficult for you.

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Frendy Halim

Frendy Halim Posted 8 years ago

the problem is I can't move. so when the ball go to the backhand side, I can't move and make the forehand stroke. do you know what's the problem ? it seems my leg is hard to move...

Gordon L

Gordon L Posted 8 years ago

Assuming you're righthanded, start by doing drills where your training partner alternates hitting to the right and middle of the table.  One stroke to the right, one stroke to the middle, repeat.  After you've developed consistency with this drill, do two strokes to the right, one stroke to the middle.  With those drills, since you know where the ball is going, you should be able to get in position relatively easily. 

Once you feel comfortable with those drills, have your training partner hit randomly to the right and middle of the table. 

As you become more proficient, add variations to these drills i.e. right/left, 2 strokes right/1 stroke left, right/middle/left, etc.

Frendy Halim

Frendy Halim Posted 8 years ago

I see... I'll practice more and harder :D thank you very much


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