Returning to the ready position between strokes

Table Tennis Footwork

Last updated 4 years ago

Rohan Keogh

Rohan Keogh Asked 4 years ago

Hi guys. Geez this footwork practice is hard work, isn't it? I still can't move fast enough yet to get from a BH to a wide FH at game speeds and still play a decent stroke.  That will come with more fitness and more practice though so I'm not too concerned ... yet.

My question is though, during a game (and therefore during practice) should I be trying to return to the ready position after one stroke to prepare to move to next - like a half-way station?  Do you really have time for that in a game, or do you simply move from one stroke/position (wherever that places you) straight to the next stroke/position?  It would seem sensible to move to the ready position as you then have less distance to cover to the next position, but is it really possible at game speed, even for top-level player? 



Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 4 years ago

Hi Rufuss,

You don't have time to return to a central point.  It is all fluid and flowing to the next position by following the ball wherever it is.

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Rohan Keogh

Rohan Keogh Posted 4 years ago

Thanks Alois.  I suspected that was the case, and is what I think I observe when watching top-level matches. Cheers. 

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