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Table Tennis Footwork

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Abhiram Reddy

Abhiram Reddy Asked 8 years ago

Often, when I am attacking, I make a fast or strong shot I tend slack off and forget to be ready for a possible strong return .This  loses me points as I get caught in a bad position and return a weaker ball. Is there any way to practice and remind myself to be alert all the time and not just when I'm playing fast rallies or defending?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Abhiram,

This comes down to your leg position most of the time.  Think about staying down in the ready position for every ball, especially after you have played a strong shot.  I see this often in players who play a strong ball and then stand up and if the ball comes back they lose the advantage they have gained.

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Abhiram Reddy

Abhiram Reddy Posted 8 years ago

Regarding footwork Alois I have two questions :

1) How do I move forward and backward quickly from the ready position especially when receiving a serve?

2)I often face balls that are going to bounce a bit higher , so when I need to return such a ball , should I stand up from my ready position? (I am 5 ft 9 inches tall and I bend quite low)

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Hi Abhiram,

To move forward for the short ball, move in with one leg and get it right under the table.

If you are right handed, move your right leg in.

If the ball is really high, then still stay down low and wait for the ball to get to a good hitting height for you.  If it is really high and you want to smash it then it is really important to wait for the ball to come down to you.

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