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Footwork for a Short Ball | Table Tennis | PingSkills

January 18, 2020


Hi I’m Jeff Plumb from PingSkills.com and
Bennett has asked us “what footwork you should use to get to the short ball and then be ready
for the next ball?” So Bennett the real key for the right hander is
your right leg. For the short ball you want to move your right
leg right in under the table, that allows you to get close to the net and be able to
make your short push. Then you come back and you are ready for the next ball, you are in
a good balanced position, if they go short again, you do the same thing bring your right
leg in. And even if it goes to your backhand, you still bring your right leg in. Then you
are ready again and if it comes long, you are ready for the topspin. So it is all about the balance you get your
right foot right in and then you come back to a balanced position and you are ready for
anything. So if we concentrate on the feet here we can
see that the right foot comes in if I am playing a forehand and still the right foot again
comes in if I am playing a backhand. So you always use the right foot that allows
you to get in close and then you can get back and be balanced and be ready for the
next ball. So now you know the movement it is important
that you stay on your toes and you jump in and jump out, that will allow you get in quickly,
and remember you use your right foot for both the forehand and the backhand. So as we mentioned it is really important
to jump back so you are ready for the long ball.

13 Comments

  • Reply Andrew Gaskin August 25, 2013 at 10:17 am

    First!

  • Reply Andrew Gaskin August 25, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Just to let you know, I still love your vids. Where do I ask a question?

  • Reply CasualGameplays August 25, 2013 at 10:23 am

    what if im too short too reach it?

  • Reply PingSkills August 25, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Then unfortunately you don't have a lot of options. You could try moving down the side of the table and playing a lot of longer balls that make it harder for your opponent to keep the ball that short.

  • Reply PingSkills August 25, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Thanks! The best place to ask a question is on our website. Click on the Ask the Coach link once you are there!

  • Reply Gazna August 25, 2013 at 10:37 am

    where's coach alois? is he the one taking the video?

  • Reply Cory Oconnell August 25, 2013 at 10:56 am

    At what point in a game can I use my side spin to dominate the other opponent

  • Reply Detherocable August 25, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    that looks like fun!

  • Reply PingSkills August 29, 2013 at 10:55 am

    We will be. Make sure you subscribe to our channel. Also visit our website as we have lots of great videos there too!

  • Reply PingSkills August 29, 2013 at 10:56 am

    The best place for sidespin is on your serve.

  • Reply PingSkills August 29, 2013 at 10:56 am

    On this occassion yes!

  • Reply gimplar September 12, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Then you're screwed.

  • Reply Florian Schmidt December 11, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Can i attack a heavy sidespun seve?

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