Which foot forward to play short backhand

Table Tennis Footwork

Last updated 4 years ago

Steve Prince

Steve Prince Asked 4 years ago

When you have to move forward on the forehand side to play a shot you lead with your racket foot, what is the situation for the backhand side? In tennis and badminton, for example, you always lead with your racket foot for both forehand and backhand, but I have been told that in table tennis the backhand side is different, what is correct please?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 4 years ago

Hi Steve,

When moving forward for both the forehand and backhand push or flick you should move forward with your right foot, assuming you are right handed.

This gets your body closer to the ball.  If you move with your opposite leg your body get s in the way.  An important part if the movement is to be able to get your head closer to the ball so that you can have better feel for the ball.  If you are too far away it is harder to control the ball.


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