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Forehand Smash Table Tennis Technique

October 14, 2019


Welcome back to my channel, a place to learn
table tennis correctly and with fun. This Ping Sunday video, we will learn how
to smash in table tennis (Chinese technique). We feature Hao Shuai (??) for his “amazing”
smash skill ^^ (LoL) Smash is an important technique in table tennis
that you can use to finish the point. However, during training, there is not many
high balls to practice. Amateur players
often miss the ball during the real match. They don’t have a correct technique. Hao Shuai is a talented player. He is a few left-hand player in Chinese team. He is
promoted to the team A, and is considered to be one of next top 4 in China Team. His career is very promising for a young 20
years old Hao Shuai (in 2003). But there was an incident in the Quater Final,
2005 World Table Tennis Championships. Hao Shuai played versus Maze, he was leading
3-0, at 10-8, he lost all the high ball. He can’t smash the ball effectively. Since then, he is demoted to the team B. His
international career is ended. He is now considered as the “Blue Player”
in China Team. Blue Player will imitate, copy the playing
style of the major rival opponent. Hao Shuai must copy the playing style of Timo
Boll, and served as a trainer to the top Chinese players. Timo Boll is also a left hand player, spin
oriented player (soft style). It’s similar to Hao
Shuai’s style. So he is designed to learn and copy the style
of Timo Boll. Blue players
will be used before the Major Event Closed Training of China Team. After the incident, during a party, the head
coach Lui Guoliang slapped on the face of Hao Shuai for his “stupid” mistakes. In a Western country, it’s impossible to touch
another people. But in Asian countries, it’s not offensive. How to do do
the Forehand Smash in table tennis? Some players think that you need to hit very
hard to smash the ball. No! Smash in table tennis is very technical. Don’t use full of your force (100%) you will
miss the ball. Just use 80% of your force which would be
enough. Kong Linghui is a merely an average power
player, but his smash is very fast. Smash is a basic table tennis technique. Chinese player rarely misses this point. Hao Shuai is a very rare case. That’s why he is kicked out of the National
Team A. In general, there are 3 steps to have a good
smash in table tennis: Step 1. Backswing: -Rotate your body sideways. -Weight is transferred to the back
foot (build energy). -Racket raised to a high position (behind
the path of the ball) Step 2. The strike: – Swing the body back. – Transfer the weight to front foot. – Waist, hips, shoulders have finished rotating
!!- Strike the ball when the ball is at shoulder height !! Step 3. Follow Through: – Body moves forward.- Don’t
let the racket move too far from the body (to recover faster) Chinese Smash
Table Tennis Technique Chinese philosophy focuses on the use of the
whole body (legs, hips, waist, shoulders, and forearm) to add extra power
to the shot. For the smash, you should fix the wrist, don’t
use the wrist to increase the precision of the shot. Zhang Jike lifts up his right foot, to increase
the center of gravity, and then use all of the body mass,
to hit down to the ball. Another problem for an amateur player is the
timing. They hit the ball too soon,
or too late. If you hit too soon, the ball still has high
velocity, and you will miss the ball. If you hit too late, your smash is not fast
enough. (The problem of Hao Shuai). The best timing is when the ball just starts
falling down from it’s highest position. At this position, the ball is high enough
for you to smash it down, and it’s not too fast. You won’t miss the ball. The second problem is some player just stand
still at one position. You have time to move
to the optimal position before smashing the ball. You need to move. Bring up your racket. Hit at the right timing. Hit the ball down. And move again for the next ball. That’s it for today. Hope you enjoy this video. I’m rather busy
(I can’t answer all of your messages). See you next Ping Sunday, EmRatThich.

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