Slippery floor and footwork

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 3 years ago

Ardak .

Ardak . Asked 3 years ago

Hi, coach!

I am playing in the club which has slippery tile floor about 1.5 years. First times it was impossible to play. Then I bought a sneaker with a good grip. It helps. But it is still not safe. Recently I noticed that my footwork got very bad. I agree I didn't pay attention to my footwork last years, but my footwork was not such bad. Furthermore I am playing much more often than 1.5 years ago. In the past I played once in 2 weeks, last times 3-4 times in a week.

Can this be a result of slippery floor? 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 3 years ago

Hi Ardak,

I think the slippery floor can really contribute to poor footwork and not wanting to move.

It is difficult though to find a solution if the floor is slippery other than playing somewhere else.

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Ardak .

Ardak . Posted 3 years ago

Thank you coach!!! 

Nigel C

Nigel C Posted 3 years ago


Is the floor slippery due to it being dry and dusty? Ive seen some players use a towel or even paper towels with some water on to wipe the souls of their shoes on every few points. They just step on the damp towel to refresh their grip. You have to be careful and make sure you aren't making your grip worse though.

Ardak .

Ardak . Posted 3 years ago

Thank you Nigel C, before buying a new sneakers I tried many methods, including your suggestion. I even tried glue some gel like materials under my old sneakers. It is slippery not because of dry and dusty, it is slippery because of tile on the floor (it is usually used in bathroom and toilet floors). My new sneakers solved the slippery problem, I can play, but it is not safe to do at all. I don't want to move during the games. I was playing in this club, because it is cheap, near my home, nice club mates. Now I will search new club, new players. 

Ardak .

Ardak . Posted 3 years ago

Hi coach! 

I am not playing in the club with slippery floors anymore last 2 months. Now I feel that my footwork is becoming better. Thank you coach!

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