Sideways movement on forehand push

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 2 years ago

martin k

martin k Asked 2 years ago


I got a friend of mine who struggles with stopping the sideways movement on his forehand push. His backhand push is quite ok, which is often the case since I would say it is easier, but on the forehand one he keeps moving the racket sideways under the ball and ending to the side of the body. This gives a lesser quality shot with less spin and the ball often flies off the table

My tactics so far have been to make him getting closer to the ball by pushing his right foot forward first, telling to aim for the top of the net and try to think about pushing down with just a small movement. It has not worked too well so far.

Any suggestions on what may be the main focus point(s)? How about the elbow? In my opinion this is a very crucial shot to learn well.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 2 years ago

Hi Martin,

I think the main thing is keeping the grip relaxed and allowing your handle to come forward during the stroke.

If you think about the wrist pushing forward and keeping the end of your racket back so that the bat is moving towards the target evenly.

Let me know if this helps.

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martin k

martin k Posted 2 years ago

Ah, sounds like a good focus point. I will pass this information to my friend :) Thanks.

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