Using the Back Step in Rallies

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 1 month ago

Mike Deubig

Mike Deubig Asked 1 month ago

Through the years, I have noticed the players particularly the pros and others who play very well, fade away from the table using the back step while either serving and then doing it during a rally. Often times they do it so quickly and effectively that it's not that noticeable sometimes but all of a sudden after two balls, they are either mid-range or long-range from the table in a relatively fast rally with no lobs. My question to you coach is, how do I make my back steps better and be able to get back quickly so I can get into a better position while being able to shift my weight forward when I hit the ball? 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 month ago

Hi Mike,

The step back is similar to the sidestep.  Rather than moving straight across the table you move at an angle back.

Utilise the shuffling step and the bouncing with both legs to make the movement quicker.

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