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Basic Stance

Table Tennis Strokes & Techniques

The quickest way to tell the difference between a beginner and an expert Table Tennis player is how they stand. Alois explains how and why you should concentrate on your basic stance.

Thoughts on this video

michael richardson

michael richardson , thought...

on the 14-May-2012 03:55:16 AM

It's the simplicity of the lesson that impresses. No need to make things complicated, eh! Well done to PingSkills.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 14-May-2012 05:12:59 AM

Thanks Michael!


mohamed esmat

mohamed esmat , thought...

on the 05-Jun-2012 08:42:53 PM

It isnt about knowing all that techniques, it is about making us get them in the right way that what it takes to be a coach and u definitely have it. thanks for ur help    


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 06-Jun-2012 07:26:47 AM

No problems Mohamed.


Alexander Omorodion

Alexander Omorodion , thought...

on the 05-Jan-2013 11:08:08 AM

i also agree. i am a beginner and i never knew stance was important until i watched this video. thanks pingskills!


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 05-Jan-2013 03:17:50 PM

Good to hear we are helping, Alexander.


Javier Avella Rodriguez

Javier Avella Rodriguez , thought...

on the 12-Jan-2013 11:45:50 AM

MUCHAS GRACIAS POR ESE VIDEO MUY BUENO THANKS


amit k

amit k , thought...

on the 23-Feb-2013 02:27:36 AM

Hi Alois,

Very simple yet very important thing to keep in mind!!

How far away from the table do I need to stand while receiving a serve? Is there any general tips for this?

Thanks,

Amith


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 23-Feb-2013 05:39:32 PM

Hi Amith,

In general, at a distance when you are in your ready position where you can just touch the table.


Marco Cardona

Marco Cardona , thought...

on the 20-Mar-2013 03:05:41 PM

Simple y clave, muy buen video! Saludos desde Bolivia!


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 20-Mar-2013 04:26:02 PM

Thanks Marco.


Roger Mackle

Roger Mackle , thought...

on the 11-Jul-2013 07:28:14 AM

I agree. Great simple to the point coaching. Thanks Alois.


kim pahanel

kim pahanel , thought...

on the 12-Oct-2013 09:23:36 PM

hi pingskills the video was great i learnt a lot of balance and position and its easier to understand THX!


Sajad Ali

Sajad Ali , thought...

on the 05-Feb-2014 03:44:16 AM

Thanks Master! Video is of great help...

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 05-Feb-2014 06:14:08 AM

No problems Sajad.  Glad it helps.


Siddharth G

Siddharth G , thought...

on the 07-Feb-2014 07:55:47 PM

Thanks. Others always made fun at my stance and I could never understand why.


Joe Czernuszka

Joe Czernuszka , thought...

on the 29-Jul-2014 07:41:32 AM

I love the use of a small number of well demonstrated coaching points making it very clear.  Would you still reccomend the bent knees stance with children?  My 10 year old boyof slightly below average height may find himself playing below the table.

Cheers  Joe


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 29-Jul-2014 08:31:23 AM

Hi Joe,

It is difficult when they are really small.  I think making sure his knees are bent slightly is important otherwise he will develop bad habits.  As he grows he will learn to bend more.

You can also practice the lower leg position with some away from the table moving drills.


Emanuel Hentes

Emanuel Hentes , thought...

on the 03-Aug-2014 08:28:14 AM

I love you man! :D I did tennis for 3 years,now i use to play table tennis with my friends and i want to do better.


toish kai

toish kai , thought...

on the 16-Aug-2014 06:38:47 PM

you know i really suck i smash on luck

 


ujjval verma

ujjval verma , thought...

on the 03-Nov-2014 06:31:49 PM

Wowow... Ujjval appreciates highly the way you explain things... one should need only a little faith in you to become a great player in your guidance !

 

Regards


Tyrone Shiham

Tyrone Shiham , thought...

on the 16-Nov-2014 01:06:40 AM

Thank you because I was having problems with basic stance

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 16-Nov-2014 05:12:13 AM

It is important to get it right so that you can play your strokes better and also be able to move more efficiently.


Ruslan Serikbay

Ruslan Serikbay , thought...

on the 28-Feb-2015 03:47:16 PM

Thanks! Great video. Very helpful.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 28-Feb-2015 05:33:15 PM

Good to hear it Ruslan.


Ujjal Chatterjee

Ujjal Chatterjee , thought...

on the 06-Jul-2015 11:44:43 AM

As usual, well explained. A good table tennis can not be played without proper stance as this is important to maintain good balance through out the rally.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 07-Jul-2015 10:27:39 PM

Thanks Ujjal.


Ludwe Gxashe

Ludwe Gxashe , thought...

on the 22-Jul-2015 03:48:10 AM

Thanks ping skills that was very helpful. I have always been wondering why cant i get back to position fast enough after completing my forehand and this video of forehand counterhit showed me why. Would love to subscribe and have full membership to learn more about table tennis but cant afford it now. Hopefully i will someday.

Ludwe

Eastern Cape, South Africa


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 22-Jul-2015 06:51:14 AM

Glad you liked it Ludwe.


Harlan Abraham

Harlan Abraham , a premium member said...

on the 04-Aug-2015 12:18:07 AM

Very good video.  Without the proper stance and balance one is unable to execute in table tennis.


fuad asfary

fuad asfary , thought...

on the 09-Aug-2015 09:17:47 PM

good

 


fuad asfary

fuad asfary , thought...

on the 09-Aug-2015 09:18:08 PM

cool


p groot

p groot , a premium member said...

on the 23-Nov-2015 03:34:18 AM

One thing I often see with some young or new players in our club, is that they do bend their knees, but they keep their upper body mostly vertical instead of bending it slightly forwards from the hips and lower back. The opposite is also seen often, where players only bend their upper body forwards, but barely bend their knees. In both cases it messes up their balance, strokes and mobility/speed. I myself 'feel' how to stand low and balanced (although I sometimes forget it when I am getting tired or distracted), but I found out that there are a decent amount of people who just don't feel this naturally at first and need some guidance. They get down when you ask them, but one can immediately see that the stance is unnatural and unbalanced. It is however pretty difficult to pinpoint exactly what is going wrong (bending knees vs. bending the hips/lower back).

You demonstrate the forward/backwards stability in the video, but especially for the younger players this concept is sometimes a bit difficult to get through to them. When I try to correct someone's posture, I ask them to get lower first, then fall backwards until they feel their weight is completely on their heels, then fall forwards until they feel all their weight on their front feet. Then I ask them to get right in the middle where the weight is distributed evenly between their heels and front feet. I sometimes then offer them my hand and ask them to reach out halfway (as you would holding your bat in front of you) and let them pull and push it; when they stand correctly they should be able to do both without losing balance.

I personally tend to put a bit more weight on my front feet than on my heels, although I would love to know what you think is the perfect distribution for table tennis. I got this from playing basketball when I was young, where for example pivoting on your front feet is very important, but I can imagine that it is different for table tennis.

Do you have any other advice, or a simple exercise, that immediately makes it obvious to them how to bend the knees and hips/lower back together and stand balanced automatically, that I can apply to (young or inexperienced) players to help them find the correct posture/stance themselves? Is there a visual guidance for me and/or for them? For example, your shoulders should be right above your knees...?

Hope it all makes sense, keep up the excellent videos

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 23-Nov-2015 09:01:45 AM

Good discussion and thoughts.  I think the way you demonstrate to them is a good way of doing it.  Get them to experiment with their balance both forwards and backwards as well as sideways and feel when they have an even distribution.  Doing this with eyes closed can also help when they are standing there.  This will put ore attention on their sense of feel.

The other thing that I find helps is to get them to act like a gorilla.  This gives them that lower position and also the forward lean.


p groot

p groot , a premium member said...

on the 23-Nov-2015 10:03:02 AM

Thanx Alois, I love the gorilla idea!! It adds some fun to the training too, great! I will try this next time together with the idea of closing your eyes to better focus on your balance.

Any thoughts about what the ideal weight distribution heel/front-foot should be? Is it 50/50 or should it be more to the front foot than to the heel? Or is this is a minor detail, something for the player to decide based on what feels best?

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 23-Nov-2015 10:46:51 AM

I think the percentage is something that the player will start to feel.  It is slightly to the front of the foot but only marginally.  Get them to feel the position that they fall comfortable in and also feel like they will be able to jump sideways quickly from.


Peter Thompson

Peter Thompson , thought...

on the 21-Mar-2016 04:47:46 AM

I watch the video and realized you did not include distance from the table as a part of the stance. is there another video or tutorial on that?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 21-Mar-2016 09:50:54 AM

Hi Peter,

The basic idea is to stand in your ready position and then you should be able to just touch the table with your hands.  This is a good distance to set yourself.


jae roh

jae roh , thought...

on the 12-May-2016 01:33:44 PM

Hi coach alois, I am for getting to do the basic stance every time I play.


Ujjal Chatterjee

Ujjal Chatterjee , thought...

on the 12-May-2016 05:24:11 PM

Alois, well explained about the ready stance, where to stand, How to stand especially the example of Gorilla. Very creative...


p groot

p groot , a premium member said...

on the 12-May-2016 09:17:22 PM

I am still not entirely sure about how to stand like a gorilla exactly... Maybe it's an idea to rent a gorilla suit for Jeff and shoot it on video...  I am more than happy to chip in on the rental fee :)


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 12-May-2016 10:38:36 PM

Haha... He doesn't need the suit!


jae roh

jae roh , thought...

on the 13-May-2016 01:51:06 AM

Hi coach alois, I am for getting to do the basic stance every time I play.

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 13-May-2016 03:38:02 AM

Well done Jae.


lachlan blair

lachlan blair , thought...

on the 16-Oct-2016 02:45:24 PM

thanks, This really help me from were i am playing.