Trouble defending

Table Tennis Footwork

Last updated 9 years ago

Collin Hill

Collin Hill Asked 9 years ago

Hi Alois & Jeff, I have a problem getting to some of the attacking strokes my opponent hits at me... For instance they drive me all the way to my forehand corner and I block it back and they drive the ball to the back hand corner and I just don't get to it in time...      Thanks in advance!


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Colin,

It may be a footwork issue.  In training practice your sideways movement.  Do this by getting the other player to block one ball to each side repetitively.  You can do one forehand and then one backhand and repeat the process.  At first get them to hit the ball slowly till you feel comfortable with the movements you are making.  Make sure your movement is a sidestepping action like we show you in the lesson on Footwork Basics.  As you get more comfortable you can get them to feed the balls wider and or faster till you are really being stretched.

See how this goes with your training and then if you can incorporate it into your game as well.


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Collin Hill

Collin Hill Posted 9 years ago

Thanks SO much Alois!!! this was very helpful :D


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

No problem Collin.  Let me know how it progresses.


Collin Hill

Collin Hill Posted 9 years ago

Thanks Alois, Ive found that I am more on balance which means I can get to the ball quicker!!!   Ive got one more question... how far apart should my feet be?     Thanks again :D


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Your feet should be at least shoulder width.  I like to have them almost 2 shoulder widths apart. Wider than you feel comfortable with to start off with.


Collin Hill

Collin Hill Posted 9 years ago

Ok thanks ;)


Collin Hill

Collin Hill Posted 9 years ago

Ok thanks ;)



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