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Forehand Chop

Table Tennis Strokes & Techniques

The forehand chop is a defensive stroke played away from the table. It is mainly used by defenders but can also be incorporated into an attackers game when forced away from the table.

Thoughts on this video

TJ Kilcullen

TJ Kilcullen , thought...

on the 15-Oct-2012 08:44:55 AM

does this only work when the ball is moving quickly, with speed, or can this be done when the ball is moving slowly.  Also how far from the table should i be to give the ball enough time for it to move up?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 15-Oct-2012 01:20:23 PM

Hi TJ,

The distance form the table is determined by the speed of the attack.  You should be far enough away to be able to react to the shot and still be close enough to cut down your opponents time as much as possible.

You can play this shot off a slower ball as well, just move in close to the table.

Conrado Apostol

Conrado Apostol , thought...

on the 18-Jan-2013 03:32:28 AM

Good day Sir,

Can this be executed, even though your oppenent is a right handler? I see Sir lois is a left handler.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 18-Jan-2013 07:00:11 AM

You certainly can.

Conrado Apostol

Conrado Apostol , thought...

on the 18-Jan-2013 12:50:13 PM

Thanks Sir Alois. One more thing I'm using a off nct blade, a boost tx for fh and carbo mc for bh. I have a pretty good offensive fh, spin, loop etc. I mostly use my bf for blocking, push and chop but when I hit bf topspin it seem it lacks power. any good suggestion for good rubber. I've been a stiga fanatic. Thanks in advance.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 19-Jan-2013 01:25:19 PM

Hi Condrado,

I am definitely not the person to be asking about rubber.  I think as long as you have something reasonable, the rest is about training.  Others may be able to give you some suggestions about your choice.

ganesh burra

ganesh burra , thought...

on the 29-Jan-2013 05:18:35 AM

Hi Alois, I love this shot although afraid of it !

I am new to TT and practice with a 72 yr old veteran, and he chops like anything. First time when I saw this chop against me , I did not know what to do as the ball literally stopped when it contacted my court and I just netted it. But as I kept playing I learned that Top spin is just about the only thing that can save me against chop. Also I started to play chop, and I am so caught up that I see the ball curl and I love it a lot.

And offlate I found I can do a sort of pendulum chop (Me Right handed and when the ball is to my left I chop it such a way that I curls from left of my court to the right of opponent's) Sometimes the same shot almost comes about 2-3 cm off the edge of table before curling and just about hitting left of opponent's court.

Thanks for the video.I really love this chop shot, mostly because Top spin is consuming me a lot of energy and also because I can see a wonderful curl with this shot.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 29-Jan-2013 12:07:46 PM

Glad that it has helped.

Esteban Mendez

Esteban Mendez , thought...

on the 25-Feb-2013 11:37:49 AM

Is the chop good for countering against topspin? I'm really terrible against topspin and I want to know.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 25-Feb-2013 11:40:33 AM

Hi Esteban,

It is an option for you to use.  It is a specific way of dealing with a topspin.  It doesn't suit everyone's game but for defensive players it can work.

Ravi Bhat

Ravi Bhat , thought...

on the 20-Jul-2013 09:51:20 PM

sir which is more efficient forehand chop or backhand chop..??

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 20-Jul-2013 10:22:40 PM

I think the backhand chop is more efficient but you can generate more variation and spin with the forehand chop.

Abdulla Ali

Abdulla Ali , thought...

on the 24-Aug-2013 10:52:32 PM

Hi sir,

What is corkscrew spin?How to create it?How to read it?How to counter it?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 25-Aug-2013 06:26:55 AM

Take a look at this previous Ask the Coach question. Corkscrew spin

Jose Huby

Jose Huby , thought...

on the 30-Sep-2013 12:05:45 AM

Hi alois i wana to ask you something,i Was in a tournament ADN i player with a person that spin all my chops, And when i try to forehand or backhand chop, Theresa ball go out of the table. How i pass that big spin??? 

ganesh burra

ganesh burra , thought...

on the 03-Oct-2013 05:00:51 AM

Hi Alois,

             Is chop only effective when we play it with hand outside our body(sideon) or can we also chop the ball square on?

I'm asking because I generally block close to the table and when I try to chop the ball to add some variety in rally it's quite tough. Are there strokes in table tennis which do not use spin and speed but rather use the trajectory of ball?I mean can we throw the opponents off-balance by imitating a chop without much spin(less brushing) when close to the table?

Also is chopping the ball deep a good idea, is there a short chop which barely goes over net, lands on opponent's side and spins back into our side?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 07-Oct-2013 10:37:48 AM

Hi Jose,

If they are putting a lot of topspin on their shots then your stroke needs to become more vertical to keep the ball lower.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 07-Oct-2013 10:42:51 AM

Hi Ganesh,

You can chop from more square on if you are close to the table.  It becomes more of a block shot with some backspin on it.  The more time you have the more side on you can get with your chop.

The spin variation can be effective.  Keeping the ball deep on the other side is useful because it means they are further away when they are hitting the ball.

A short backspin that comes back isn't usually that effective because it needs to be too slow to be able to do that and your opponent can easily come forward and attack that ball.

SaiJanani B

SaiJanani B , thought...

on the 06-Aug-2015 01:21:12 AM

Hi Alois,

Does the ball spin in the forehand chop?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 06-Aug-2015 08:11:38 AM

Hi SaiJanani,

The ball spins backwards because of the brushing contact downwards on the ball.

Hasnat aslam

Hasnat aslam , thought...

on the 15-Mar-2016 03:39:47 PM

superb video!I am a little better than semi pro.Which racket should i buy



Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 16-Mar-2016 05:02:27 AM

Hi Hasnat,

Without seeing you play it is difficult to tell.  Do you play defensively?  Perhaps others on this forum will have some advice as well.  I am not an equipment expert at all.

Ricardo Mora

Ricardo Mora , thought...

on the 27-Jun-2016 12:43:41 AM

Hello I'm having a little trouble with chopping. Whenever I chops against heavy top spin I can't seem to get it back on the table. Do I need to change the angle or swing. I don't really know how to react to heavy topspin? Can you help me

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 27-Jun-2016 05:22:04 AM

Hi Ricardo,

You can make your stroke more vertical to allow for the spin.  Also keep your hand relaxed through the swing to absorb some of the speed and spin.  The other option is to get a sheet of long pimples which will help to slow the ball down as well.

Sanshis Infinite

Sanshis Infinite , thought...

on the 05-Sep-2016 12:36:15 AM

HI Alois / Jeff

Nice Demo, the thing I miss in both chopping videos is the contact point {contact point on the racquet and contact point of the table}. I mean should we hit the ball when it goes below the table as top spin will push it up even when we chop vertically?

II am asking this because I am having difficulty with chops, Especially when I am close to the table and ball is bit high [Well I do play FH Topspin counter hit in most such cases but want this in my armory for those players who cannot play underspin that well..]



Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 05-Sep-2016 01:58:53 AM

Hi Sanshis,

You can chop the ball from higher if you want to when you are closer to the table.  Then you need to come down more vertically on the stroke to keep the ball lower.

Zaki Roshnaiwala

Zaki Roshnaiwala , thought...

on the 23-Sep-2016 02:41:12 PM

alois sir,


this stroke is very difficult. every time i play this stroke.the ball goes very high above the net. 

so, can u please tell me how to keep it low? 

thank you. 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 23-Sep-2016 04:27:01 PM

Make the stroke more vertical and also soften your hands on contact so the ball doesn't fly too far.

Christopher Nelson

Christopher Nelson , thought...

on the 21-Oct-2016 07:14:29 AM

Hi alois/Jeff

Evertime I play this stroke it either gose into the net or off the other end of the table what's the reason for this please help me to avoid that from happening



Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 21-Oct-2016 07:17:41 AM

Hi Christopher,

It may be the amount of spin that is being put on the ball by your opponent.  You need to watch their stroke and then alter your stroke to allow for this.  If they put more topspin on the ball you need to come down on the ball more to keep it from flying off the end.  If there is less topspin then you can push more forward on the stroke.  Learning these strokes requires you to play them a lot so that you can adjust to the subtle variations.