Good morning here from the table tennis hall. My name is Bojan Besinger and I recognize very often that the coaches describe the wrong footwork technique, or there are some videos on YouTube,
where simply the footwork technique is explained wrongly . and i often see many players, e. g. in our courses, in tournaments, they just don’t know
how the right footwork should look like. That’s why I bring in Timo today.
He will describe to you how the right footwork in table tennis looks like. Hey Timo how you doing? Everything alright, you? Everything great! There were already three exercises in the last video on how to improve the footowkr and today we’ll take a closer look at it, right? Exactly! Today we are going to talk about the three most important footwork techniques in table tennis and how exactly they look like and show you step by step everything of what you should be aware of to integrate and use them in your training. Okay, before we start:
Let’s start in the basic position. It is the prerequisite to dothe footwork in correctly and for that reason you should ensure to stand properly. So, let’s take a closer look at the basic position, because you actually have this basic position in every rally. Whether you make a serve and go
back into the basic position or att the backstroke – you have to pay attention to the following 4 components:
#1 Stand on the ball of the foot #2. Bent your knees
#3. Bent your body slightly forward
#4. Slightly tense your belly. These are the 4 components you should pay attention to. That means, if you make a serve,
you go into the basic position, pay attention that the ball of the foot are in front, knees bent, Upper body moved forward and belly tensed. Then you can play good balls here
and go forward to the ball, that you are just in a good position
to be able to react to every ball. And now back to Timo. Next up is the right Footwork technique, the most well-known, which probably everyone knows are the
Side-Steps or the Side-Jumps As Bojan has just explained nicely,
we are in the right basic position and the important thing is now, when we try to move in one direction:
For example, if I want to move to the left I have to take my weight a little bit more on my right leg, that means, shift the outer from the movement in order to push myself off with this leg. On the Sidestep you have to raise your left leg up and now move over here with one step. That means that the left and right leg are a bit offset. They are a little bit behind
on the left. If I move to the right now, it just looks the same – just mirrored, which means that we put the weight on the outer leg (the left)and the right one becomes relieved when I am doing the step back. On fast movements, it is very important to do it flat above the ground, which means, not taking big steps.
That simply takes too long and moreover the heads perspective changes, so we cannot observe the ball as well as we could if the head is always on the same level. When the head stays here on one level then it is much easier in the game to watch the ball and also to see what the opponent is doing. Furthermore, there are the Sidesteps.
They are more familiar beyond the professional players, which hardly use any side steps. The Side-Jumps are bascially the same, which means, we want to turn left and right on a plane. On the Side-Jumps we push the both legs simultaneously
and, as the name alreadys says, make a little jump. However, the whole technique requires a little more effort. That means we can not go left and right afterwards, but we have to do it at the same time. You have to pay attention that the feet keep the same distance throughout the jump. So if you do a jump from the left to the right, you should land on your feet in the same position as in the beginning and even remain like this in the air. Just like the side step, it is important
to make sure that the jump is executed as flat as possible, so you just stay in your plane save time because you didnt jump as high to cost time. So…these were the Side-Steps and the Side-Jumps. Now let’s jump back to Bojan. Thanks Timo for explaining the side steps
and the side-jumps. Let’s move on to the “Jump over”. In table tennis it is natural for everyone to have strengths and weaknesses. And you have to use the one technique more frequent than another one. Jumping Over means, when the ball comes into your backhand, you “jump over” and play the ball with your forehand. If you are , like me, a more forehand-oriented player, you use this footwork technique more often as for example the side-jumps or side steps – or adjusting, depending on the game situation. When jumping over, it is important that the weight is on both of yours legs. and when you jump over, the right leg should be behind – because I play with the right hand. If you stand in a parallel way, like this, you are never able to hit the ball very good with your forehand. Thats why it’s very important to jump around here, right leg in the back. If you are left-handed, of course it would be the other way around. What else is important? Important is that the legs are still parallel
to the table, that you pay attention and keep your body tension and not standing in the an upright position. You should bend your upper body forward …stand there and then *bang* you can play the ball. It is also important, which is more like your stroke technique, that you use your hip and upper body on the stroke if you stay there. and not just play the ball forward, but this is more stroke technique. In footwork technique it is more important that you have the weight on both legs that you jump around with a lot of power,
the right leg or the leg or the leg of your racket-hand back and then go forward nicely. Back to High-Performance coach Timo. So, now we come to the last technique
for today and thats the lunge. The lunge step is important if we
need to reach for a short ball, therefor we as right-handed people we need to take a step forward under the table This should look like this:
You should go with the ball of your foot as far forward as possible. For the beginning, it is much easier for many people to pay atteteion that the verse stays up, that the weight is only at the ball of the foot. Furthermore, it is important to use your whole weight. That leads to the upper body and both shoulders leaning forward to really get as far as possible forward to the to be able to reach even the shortest balls. The ball of the foot is so important because after the stroke, e. g. if we do a flick to come back as fast as possible into the basic position. That’s why we have to push a lot backwards. It is not possible if we go forward with the verse because we can’t get any power on it. So my friends. We have reached the end of the video. Important for learning footwork techniques to start with shadow training to get in touch with it. and in the training you can start with some regular exercises then and slowly integrate irregular exercises and finally use it in the real competition. Now here are some clips how
that can all look like in the training how you can do it all.
Enjoy and don’t hesitate to click like on the video, subscribe to the channel, come to the High Performance courses, We’ll meet there in person and now
have fun with the last clips.