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Forehand Chop – Table Tennis

November 6, 2019

Now we will have a look at the forehand chop.
It is a backspin stroke used for defence. Here you will see that Jeff is demonstrating
this stroke. With the stroke starting up near his right ear and finishing down towards his
left knee. It is a lot like a chopping action. You will also notice that the bat is facing
up towards the roof, so his forehand side is facing towards the roof. This enables you
to get the backspin on the chop. Here you will notice also that Jeff turns
sideways for the chop. In table tennis as you get more time, you can turn your feet
a little bit more. So as this is a stroke that is played away from the table you have
time to turn your feet sideways to generate the chop. So from side on you can see the side on position that Jeff takes for the backspin or chop.
You will see that his bat starts up at head level and finishes down at knee high. With the chop stroke you will notice that when the ball comes faster to Jeff his stroke
will be more vertical because he doesn’t need the forward momentum to get the ball over
the net. When the ball is coming a little bit slower Jeff’s stroke will come out forward
to push the ball over the net more. So this is the vertical stroke off the fast ball and
the forward stroke off the slower ball.


  • Reply Misha Ivanov February 15, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    that's all true

  • Reply Misha Ivanov February 15, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    best advice for serving, make it up, practice and get serves from youtube videos. Serves are the only reason I win.

  • Reply aq1sw2de3fr March 15, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    lol at 3:02

  • Reply Michael Voskoboynik April 3, 2009 at 12:59 am

    hmm chopping for me is the easier one my serve is a chop actually so iono guess it varies

  • Reply BreadAddiction May 11, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Funnest shot ever! hehe.

  • Reply stevema2 May 17, 2009 at 8:03 am

    3:02 lmao

    but you guys rock!!! thanks for your tips 🙂

  • Reply T H July 11, 2009 at 4:06 am

    shit i have problems just tryn to get it to bounce on the table lol.

  • Reply damiraclemanda July 11, 2009 at 6:24 am

    OMG!! LOL

  • Reply Dejan3111 August 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Guys,you have a great videos and very useful….I know how is hard to make a perfect move because i play table tennis…Best Wishes!!!

  • Reply tubenoobster August 17, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Very good but the real skill comes from the Thai prostitute firing those pingpong balls with her pussy

  • Reply stud002 October 28, 2009 at 1:03 am

    haha. keep practicing.

  • Reply k2l11 November 6, 2009 at 10:35 am

    narrrraarhrhrhhr !

  • Reply dconrad23 December 1, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Can someone tell me if he's holding the paddle correctly, with his pointer finger flat on the paddle, or is that just what works for him and there's not really a correct way?

  • Reply Izraphel December 3, 2009 at 12:42 am

    that's the regular balanced shakehands grip. having the index finger flat on the paddle ensures stability and power when hitting forehands. if it's even higher on the paddle that kind of grip favors the forehand. if your thumb on the other side rests high on the rubber such a grip favors the backhand.

    some pros switch grips when hitting different shots without even thinking about it (timo boll).

    changing grip to serve is normal since you don't need power but only wrist mobility.

  • Reply Neven Djokic December 19, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    3:02 is the best

  • Reply Odieby January 4, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    @dconrad23 , yes, he holds the paddle correctly, if you want to play at a certain level, you better hold your paddle that way. Only penholders hold their paddle different. The coorect way for a player to hold his paddle is when your holding the paddle like a hammer pointing your pointing finger straight like a gun on the ruibber of the paddle.

  • Reply João Ferreira January 12, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Yes, it's the correct way 🙂

  • Reply Word Bearer March 4, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    @starclad HAHA wtf!

  • Reply Shabeeruddin S. April 21, 2010 at 11:14 am

    awesome technique

  • Reply ultrarunner0476 May 17, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    @djkalka22 your english is quite well 🙂

  • Reply Taher Thanawala July 21, 2010 at 6:08 am

    what is more effective-a chop or a block?

  • Reply MrTT62 September 13, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    A tenergy 05 In 1.7 mm Is Good For Foreband chop ?

    I Hope You will understand me

    MrTT62 From france

  • Reply van Ommen September 21, 2010 at 11:49 am

    @MrTT62 if u can controlled when ur chop its one of the best chopping rubbers.
    the slippy surface is why u can turn a topspin ball into al lot of backspin chops.

  • Reply van Ommen September 21, 2010 at 11:50 am

    @noobsauceonme use it to give more topsin is the best way.

  • Reply van Ommen September 21, 2010 at 11:51 am

    @idiottaher for the regular player its beter to controlled a block.

  • Reply PingSkills November 5, 2010 at 6:43 am

    @Dramandoee Yeah that does look a little weird doesn't it?

  • Reply PingSkills November 7, 2010 at 7:17 am

    @Dramandoee Excellent. I'm glad you're finding the videos useful. Thanks for letting me know.

  • Reply PingSkills November 12, 2010 at 6:17 am

    @xmangosaintx Well sometimes you've just got to let it out!

  • Reply PingSkills November 17, 2010 at 6:10 am

    @xmangosaintx I think there is a rule about distracting your opponent. Try posting a question about this on our Ask the Coach section of our website where we have more room to answer and we'll look up the exact rules for you.

  • Reply Mert Dogan November 25, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Thanks alot , keep it up guys =]

  • Reply PingSkills November 26, 2010 at 5:24 am

    @kebabs4eva Thanks!

  • Reply Sagar Bhatia November 29, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    i am not able to come to the backhand position quickly while playing forehand,,, and whenever i play backhand,, i am not comfortable with the bat position……. backhand is weak…… dont know how to use backhand topspin..

  • Reply PingSkills December 1, 2010 at 1:06 am

    @sagar037 Table Tennis can seem hard sometimes can't it? The trick is to keep working on your game and with practice you will get it. If you want some specific advice then try using our "Ask the Coach" section on our website.

  • Reply Radium-224 December 2, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Chop in Table Tennis for the win.

  • Reply crustygymshorts December 22, 2010 at 3:37 am

    I have a question:

    every time someone does a forehand or backhand chop, I hit the ball into the net when i try to return it with a forehand slam. What am I doing wrong and how should I hit the ball, to make my slam go over the net?

  • Reply PingSkills December 24, 2010 at 6:44 am

    @crustygymshorts Due to the backspin on the ball you need to ensure you are lifting the ball with a brushing motion. We cover this in our video Topspin against backspin which you can find on our website. After watching this video if you still have any questions then try using the Ask the Coach section of our website.

    Thanks for the question.

  • Reply crustygymshorts December 27, 2010 at 2:13 am

    @pingskills Thanks for the help

  • Reply Zezemint December 30, 2010 at 4:43 am

    3:00 haha! thanks for the help!

  • Reply PingSkills January 4, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    @Zezemint Glad we could help. Cheers!

  • Reply thorekz January 5, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    yea awesome lol

  • Reply PingSkills January 13, 2011 at 11:31 am

    @sg12nk34 Yeah it can be difficult. The key is to read how much backspin is on the ball and then adjust your stroke accordingly. You need to make sure that you always brush the ball though when making the forehand loop to ensure that you generate the topspin that will give you a bigger margin for error.

  • Reply broro100 January 22, 2011 at 1:46 am

    how do you chop off a side spin ball

  • Reply PingSkills January 29, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    @broro100 If there is only sidespin and not any topspin, then the ball won't jump up off your racket. This means you probably need to open the face of your racket a little more. Also you need to angle your bat to counter the sidepsin.

    If you've got some more questions or want some more detail then try using the Ask the Coach section of our website. We have more room to answer questions there and check them more often.

  • Reply PingSkills March 4, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    @MrYelsgnik Not for any particular reason. It just happens as part of my chopping action.

  • Reply PingSkills March 20, 2011 at 11:01 am

    @xkoenigseggx 🙂

  • Reply PingSkills March 26, 2011 at 12:07 am

    @freepond I'm not exactly sure what you mean. If the ball is low you need to hit the ball up a little so you can clear the net. It sounds like the best thing might be to try moving in closer to the ball before it drops to low. You'll need good footwork to do this.

    Try asking a question on the "Ask the Coach" section of our website. We are not limited in the length of our answers there and can converse back and forth a little easier to find out what you mean and help you out.

  • Reply PingSkills May 22, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    @FSyoyo It sounds like you could be hitting the ball too much. When you play your chop try and move down vertically and generate a lot of spin with a brushing contact. If the ball is going too high and off the end of the table you can try to close the angle of your racket as you make the stroke.

  • Reply PingSkills August 20, 2011 at 2:09 am

    @G4m3rZ3r0 Good question. It could be the angle of your bat. Try opening it up some more and see what effect that has. If you want some more information try using the Ask the Coach section of our website.

  • Reply james roxx September 22, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    how could some1 dislike this video? its so clear

  • Reply PingSkills September 29, 2011 at 12:13 am

    @ripmygutsss Thanks for your support.

  • Reply PingSkills October 26, 2011 at 11:11 am

    @zZzShAdYzZz Thanks for your support!

  • Reply Riveravi October 30, 2011 at 6:56 am

    …………im not even to pick strickes WTF

  • Reply lub094 December 4, 2011 at 9:11 am

    3:00 mahaaaah

  • Reply PingSkills December 4, 2011 at 9:55 am

    @lub094 🙂

  • Reply Minh Nguyen December 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    no slow mo?

  • Reply PingSkills December 7, 2011 at 11:53 am

    @yoloop93 There is some slow motion in there if you watch it all!

  • Reply PingSkills January 23, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    @jonasbrothersrulz120 If the ball is going too high you can try to either close the angle of your bat or bring your bat downwards more during the stroke. If your opponent serves with backspin you can push the ball back. You can also try the flick but this is easier if the ball is a little bit high or doesn't have as much backspin.

  • Reply PingSkills March 29, 2012 at 9:44 am

    To curve the ball you need to add some sidespin. This can be done by hitting on the side of the ball. It is not used a lot when chopping. This is used more on serves, flicks and topspins.

  • Reply PingSkills May 4, 2012 at 11:37 am

    As we are shakehand players, most of our videos are for that grip. We do have one video on penhold techniques though. Just search for "penhold techniques pingskills" and you should find it.

  • Reply legronk le June 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Alois you live in Australia? State Victoria?

  • Reply PingSkills June 20, 2012 at 11:29 am

    That is correct!

  • Reply iandemagi August 7, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    How can anyone dislike these guys? They give great coaching for free on youtube?

  • Reply iandemagi August 7, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Would you go into the specialized paddles that most choppers use? Slow or Combo blades-Long pips on the backhand?

  • Reply PingSkills August 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Yes that is the most common setup for choppers, long pimples on the backhand and a controlled normal rubber on the forehand.

  • Reply Seth Hinatoro August 12, 2012 at 4:11 am

    do you have a chop 4 closer on the board? please respond!

  • Reply PingSkills August 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Yes, we call that stroke a push. Take a look on our website for lessons on the backhand and forehand push.

  • Reply Seth Hinatoro August 14, 2012 at 3:26 am

    thank you 🙂

  • Reply PingSkills August 14, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    You're welcome.

  • Reply Atis Ozols September 29, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    hi Alois!
    how can i do the chop with a penholder grip?
    Thank you!

  • Reply PingSkills October 2, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    It is more difficult to chop with the penholder grip. In fact I don't know of any choppers that use this grip. You still can perform the stroke but it is much harder. The key is still to have a downwards action and brush the ball to generate the backspin. I wouldn't recommend using the penhold grip for chopping on a regular basis, only if you get caught out of position and are desperate to get the ball back on the table.

  • Reply MrGuppie October 7, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    whats the problem it keeps hitting my side before the other one.. it would look nice if was a serve but on a regular return it just ends up as the opponents point

  • Reply PingSkills October 11, 2012 at 10:44 am

    It sounds like you need to move the bat towards the table a bit more as you come down for the stroke. This will give it a bit more forward momentum and get the ball back onto your opponent's side. The other option is to open up the angle of the bat a little more but this might just make the ball go higher. I'd start by trying to come forward a little more to give the ball more pace.

  • Reply bariban October 16, 2012 at 11:30 pm


  • Reply PingSkills October 17, 2012 at 10:53 am

    You didn't like this demonstration?

  • Reply bariban October 17, 2012 at 11:02 am

    there is an error in the form of teaching how to hit and when to hit form Form needs to be modified a little bit more

  • Reply PingSkills October 17, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    OK. Thanks for your opinion. I believe that this video shows good basic pointers on how to play the chop stroke.

  • Reply PingSkills October 27, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Yes you certainly can. A lot of defenders will use normal rubber on their forehands and long pimples on their backhands.

  • Reply samay raj February 22, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Good presentation , but whenever I use chop the opponent gets more aggressive and I have to wait for his mistake . Thanks.

  • Reply PingSkills March 30, 2013 at 4:51 am

    Yes, that is really what the defender needs to do, wait for the opponent to make a mistake.

  • Reply PingSkills May 17, 2013 at 2:26 pm


  • Reply mk7871 September 16, 2013 at 9:40 am

    To chop the ball should I hold the racket tightly or a bit loosely

  • Reply Paul Morpurgo November 15, 2013 at 1:18 am

    does not work. ball goes flying. does not touch table.

  • Reply TheUKFireFox January 29, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Before this video I dident have a forehand slice but now it is my fav shot thanks so much for the vid. Theukfirefox 🙂

  • Reply Lycheeslush April 23, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Thanks for helping me solve the misery how to chop the slower ball!

  • Reply majestytd February 23, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    After I watched this video I called "Joo se hyuk" to confirm if this chopping the right form, he said Yes…. Thanks for the video….

  • Reply morgen williams April 9, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    AHH SO THATS IT!!!!!!!!!!!! I've not been able to play a chop before, but know i realise how to do the stroke properly!!!

  • Reply Rob Hoiting May 6, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    Hello, PingSkills. I am starting from a week, learning to be a defender. Thanks for the video.

    I just ordered a Stiga Chop and Drive 1.1mm for my BH. Do you this rubber and do you think this is good for a beginner defender?


  • Reply silentscribes September 3, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    you guys are great

  • Reply AnkanBob February 14, 2016 at 12:51 am

    "fladdermusen är vänd upp mot taket" :'D

  • Reply Deej ols May 22, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    which rubbers and blade to you recommend using to chop and defend with?

  • Reply Sushil Singhal September 2, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Hi Help me. I cannot hit low and flat in table tennis. My bat usually moves instead of my wrist.

  • Reply Sushil Singhal September 2, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Hi Help me. I cannot hit low and flat in table tennis. My bat usually moves instead of my wrist.

  • Reply Sushil Singhal September 2, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Hi Help me. I cannot hit low and flat in table tennis. My bat usually moves instead of my wrist.

  • Reply INFAMOUS GAMING September 2, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    pimpled racket can cut more than this or no difference???

  • Reply Darwinian Bonobo October 1, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    When should I use the forehand chop? Only if I have to? Should I try to use the backhand chop with the pimples more often?

  • Reply cindut misaki November 6, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    hi… how to practice fh chopp alone?

  • Reply FreeHacks2015 November 8, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Hi, what is the benefit of the chop compared to a regular return?

  • Reply Dr Narendra Dasari November 26, 2016 at 1:11 am

    pl guide me for cut chop

  • Reply William Manjarrés December 30, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Hi Alois and Jeff. When you have time, please. I need some advice on this stroke. It's one of my favorite strokes since I'm a defender long pips user, and I thought I had mastered it, but I play now against a new friend and his level is higher than mine. So this guy puts a devilish topspin on the ball and the ball kicks off the table aggressively, when I try to chop the ball it goes higher and off the table. I tried adjusting the angle of contact just to not being able to cross the net and hit it. The first thing I realized is with this guy I have to move faster and farther from the table. But it's really hard to keep the ball low and deep because of the heavy topspin. What would be the correct adjustments I should make? Should I relax my wrist to absorb some of the speed and spin? should I contact the ball lower? letting it fall more by going even farther from the table? Should I chop it faster? I was very confident of my technique but this is really challenging. If anyone else has an idea, it'll be very welcome too, thanks!

  • Reply cpt_m0r94n 85 February 25, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    These are my favorites this helped me win a trophy in 2010
    (sure it was small time but)
    I remember how excited I was when these techniques worked IMMEDIATELY

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