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Table Tennis Footwork (Part 2)

October 24, 2019


Hi, this is the voice of EmRatThich. World Championship has ended. Now, we
come back to our famous Ping Sunday. Today we will talk about the second
pattern in table tennis footwork. Remember: Footwork need to be precise
and quick. There are 4 basic footwork patterns that every
player should master. The
first one is presented in the previous Ping Sunday, it’s called “2 steps
pattern”, used when you want to attack the ball after your serve. The
second one for today is called “Quick jump pattern”. But first of all, I will
answer your question. What is a good ready position in
table tennis? Chinese philosophy about “Standing Position”
is quite clear and simple. 1) They don’t force the player to lower their
body to the net. Such thing like
“Eye around the net height” doesn’t exist. It depends on your height. Some
players are short, another one is taller. So there is no rule for that. If you are
tall, and try to stand “eye at the net”, you can’t move quickly. 2) But Chinese focus more on distance, and
the “weight distribution”. For
the distance, you should stand not too close, and not too far from the table. The right distance is about the length of
your arm from the table (around 50 cm). Don’t stand too close to the table, it’s really
bad for your table tennis (I will explain it later in this video). 3) “Weight distribution”. It’s the secret that many table tennis coaches
didn’t teach the player correctly. You should put all of your weight on the toe,
but not on the heel. That means, the good standing will help you
lean forward easily. Or if you stand right, someone from behind
you, will slightly push your back to make you fall down forward. This is the best way to stand, because you
are always ready to move. Hope it helps! This is the standing position of Ma Long and
Zhang Jike. They stand
differently. It depends on their preference, and habit. It seems that Ma Long
stands lower than Zhang Jike. But both stand at the good position (that
means ready to attack every long ball). Focus more on the “weight distribution”. Look how Ma Long jumps on his toe. He is ready to lean forward, to fall forward. You can clearly see that. “Eye on the net” is a bad advice for your
standing. Zhang Jike quickly stands up when the opponent
is about to serve (throw the ball up). Zhang Jike looks down his racket to estimate
the right distance from the table. So remember: the distance from the table is
much more important than the height of your standing. If you are tall, you can stand high. No
need to bend the knee, just to have the eye on the net. How important is the
“fundamental techniques” in table tennis? I still have many questions that
you messaged me on Facebook to answer. I
can’t answer all of your questions. I’m sorry about that. I prefer a good answer
than just a quick answer. I hope you understand that. 3 types of movement in
table tennis? In table tennis, there are 3 types of
movements. A) Forward Movement: You move closer to
the table B) Move Backward: You move further from
the table C) Move Lateral: You move from left-right
or right-left My question for you is, which one is the
fastest? A) Forward
B) Backward
C) Lateral You have 5 seconds to answer . . . The
science of sport has confirmed that human body moves easier and
quicker forwardly. So the fastest movement is Forward. The second is Lateral. And the Slowest is Backward. You now understand why standing close to the
table is really bad. Many
amateur players tend to stand too close to the table, and then struggle to
attack the long ball. Human is very slow to move backward. It’s better to stand
further, you can attack every long ball, and easily step in, move closer to the
table to the return the short ball. I personally know a very good penhold player. He is also a Chinese player. But
his problem is: He stands too close to the table. He has a good feeling, a good
serve, and aggressive quick attacks. But he made many unforced errors in the
rally, because he stands too close to the table, and doesn’t have enough time
for the rally. My young players do the same mistake. When they train, they stand further
from the table, and they play very well. But every time, in the real match, they
stand too close to the table after the service, and miss the ball, or can’t attack
the long ball. The players don’t realize that, but the coach
can easily spot this problem. I have my own way to convince these young
players, I asked them to film themselves. And after watching the video, they knock the
head and change their bad habit. Today, the 2nd Footwork Pattern is “Quick
Jump Pattern”. This pattern is used
to move forward, or backward during the rally. The “Quick jump” pattern is very important. It helps you move backward or
forward to contact the ball at the good timing. For the Forehand stroke, remember that your
right foot need to move first, for both Backward and Forward movement. Although it is called the
“Quick Jump”, you should not jump both feet. It will make you unstable. But
that the right foot will lead the movement first. The tip to move fast is “always put your weight
on the toe, move with the toe”. The coach moves very fast, and adjust easily
to the length of the ball. Amateur players should train to have this
reflex, quick jump with right foot to attack the long ball, and come back quickly
to the table. For the backhand stroke, the same principle
is applied. That the right foot
will step in first if you want to move closer to the table. To move backward, that’s always the right
foot will push to the ground, and step back first, and the left foot follows. Some amateur players do
the wrong pattern (they use the left foot to come back first). This bad
habit will destabilize your movement. So, this is the right pattern to move forward
and backward in table tennis. If you stand too close to the table, it’s
better you change it now. The rule of thumb is: In real match, or in
training, you should stand at the same position that you can attack every long
ball. See you Next Weekend for the 3rd Footwork
Pattern in table tennis. EmRatThich.

37 Comments

  • Reply ThePian0 June 11, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Your english improved a lot after so many videos 🙂 Keep up the good work mate.

  • Reply Adam karam June 11, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Coach EmRatThich the word height is pronounced hait not heit.. Don't take this as a rude thing i want to help you with your English

  • Reply Marvin Witt June 11, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    This sound for the 5 seconds haha i laughed 😀

  • Reply Burkhard Wacker June 11, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    hey emratthich; how do the chinese think about tomahawk services ? Should I use it ?

  • Reply theodorus alvin June 11, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    and here iam, cannot add more spin in stroke…. any suggestions?

  • Reply Stewie xD June 11, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    very good video. i find myself standing very close to the table after serving and this is causing me to lose many poins. keep up the good work coach!

  • Reply Nikola Georgiev June 11, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    <3 <3

  • Reply Nikola Georgiev June 11, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    THANK YOU COACH YOU ARE GOD, FUCK ALL THE BAD COACHES

  • Reply Nikola Georgiev June 11, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    WHERE MY GIRL BENNY THO YOU PUT HER ON THE THUMBNAIL

  • Reply Jin Kuang June 11, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Thank you Coach!  I learned from you today to always lead the jump forward and backward with the right foot, for both forehand and backhand.  Very good information.  Cheers!

  • Reply h1 guy June 11, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    good video

    Will you upload why zjk uses 39 degree sponge and ma long uses 41 degree as you previously stated.

  • Reply igor goga June 11, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    finally, thank you!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Bruce Lehrer June 11, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Good info as always and good reminder to stand away from the table.

  • Reply igor goga June 11, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Sir, pls explain why Ma long steps back with back foot on pendulum serve and also is it the core that the most responsible for higher spin on the pendulum serve? Merci, vos videos sont les meilleures

  • Reply Dima Shevchenko June 11, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Wait?? I have lots of question marks now. I push with my left foot when I want to go to right so I can get a faster movement. Is this right because you said that the right foot needs to move first. And when I want to go left I push with my right foot because then I feel it goes faster to move left. Am I correct, that you should push away yourself with the opposite foot you want to go to. Because that feels most natural and fastest. And could you take up mental play. I think that's the hardest thing for everybody in table tennis. Atleast for me. Thank you very much your the best coach I ever seen online. The others don't coach with love, they coach with money. You coach good with love! 😉🏓

  • Reply Ractz13 June 11, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    a tip for the pronunciation : for the word "knee" do not say the "k". You must read it " nee".

  • Reply Joshua Rowe June 12, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Similar to service receive in Tennis, you start really low and rise up and readjust just as they serve, just as they hit the ball. I'm not really sure why haha, it's one of those things that you just sort of start automatically doing.

  • Reply shreyas chandar June 12, 2017 at 9:01 am

    thanks a lot coach! Ur videos are really helpfull, I generally miss my forehand topspin or in crucial stages I face a difficulty of the ball contacting the edge of the bat and lose some crucial matches… and also subsequently lose confidence to further progress in my forehand topspin. it would be of great help if you could help me with that. and also I would like to hear from you about strength training needed for table tennis.

  • Reply Геннадий Казачёк June 12, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Shouldn't there be some notes about "right" and "left" foot for left handed players. They possibly have to reverse all rules for themselves. Or do they?

  • Reply WwwKalaDendraGr June 12, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Your channel becomes slow as a drug. You always need to take it 😉
    Greeting from Berlin
    Jannis

  • Reply Ran Dom June 12, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    What do I do wrong?! I keep missing the ball when I try to forehand topspin, any tips, thanks!

  • Reply Manjush Bamankar June 12, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    how to synchronise hand with our body?? like for example my hand moves first then body….please help

  • Reply Victor Yanase June 12, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Oh, this arm length distance from the table is a very interesting tip! Thanks again!

  • Reply Adam karam June 14, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Maybe a face reveal? 😉

  • Reply hi June 16, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    socz thumbnail bait

  • Reply Steve Perry June 19, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Thank you very much for the footwork training videos! But can you please do a couple videos for return of service for an intermediate player to reach advanced service return? At a certain level players begin to have less and less trouble returning serve. What do they know that I do not? (Reading opponents service path and contact point, return technique, where to contact ball for each spin and depth, returners racket angle and path, footwork , etc. and drills please.)

  • Reply JAYDEV ASHRA July 3, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Dear coach EmRatThich!
    As always, a wonderful work! For me, it is double helpful. I am a player cum coach. So, after watching your videos, I describe the content to my players in my native language. And, i am feeling satisfied that now, i am giving such thorough knowledge to them.
    The whole credit goes to you, Sir!

  • Reply Zk Xi July 26, 2017 at 12:39 am

    do a face reveal

  • Reply Константин Гуренко August 6, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Большое спасибо за вашу работу.После отработки темы footwork игра стала более агресивной и результативной я даже не ожидал таких результатов!Очень жаль ,что не все ваши уроки имеют русский перевод.Желаю вам удачи !

  • Reply Chaitanya Udare August 12, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    When do the further parts of Footwork come ? Eagerly awaiting those

  • Reply Anant Keni September 1, 2017 at 6:19 am

    HELLO Coach EmRatThich,is it true that a player should make small jumps after playing a stroke untill the next shot?If yes,than why is it so?

  • Reply Fredrari November 9, 2017 at 1:09 am

    Length of the arm = 40cm?…
    Boii, idk how short your arm is but you should def get that checked out :)))

  • Reply Banding TT August 9, 2018 at 2:16 am

    I promise this is the best coaching for table tennis footwork ever.

  • Reply djfunkychicken September 14, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Hi Coach.. I think some biomechanics needs to be introduced into this coaching as there are many simple unhidden physical body recoil shapes
    that are easy to see which way the player is going to hit the ball before he has even hit it !!
    I only recently started playing table tennis and at our club I have shown the senior coaches how to read body position and spot various signs as to ball direction. 
    They have all been surprised how I'm predicting direction correctly 90% of the time when watching their best students play each other.
    I have noticed the majority of players are too focused on watching spin of the ball from the bat and the usual eye games of where I'm "not" going to go.
    However most are poor at hiding obvious body language through body shape, shoulder to hip angle, elbow levelling heights on shots and just generally unaware
    of repetitious manner habits they do for particular shots.

  • Reply ali norman September 20, 2019 at 4:08 am

    Tks Coach. Bless You

  • Reply tomasgonzales October 4, 2019 at 1:30 am

    I'm seeing the coach moving her left foot first when going backwards? Isn't it always the foot furthest away from the direction of movement that moves first? (9:46 and 9:54)

  • Reply Ultimate Highlights October 19, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    as a left hand player, what if I'll receive a short serve on my backhand and will do a push. what foot is best to plant to return fast to ready position? that is not included in this video. but thanks for the helpful tips coach!

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