Chopping skills

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

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abdulwahab abdulwahab

abdulwahab abdulwahab Asked 1 month ago

Hey! how should I improve my chopping skills?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 month ago

Hi Abdulwahab,

Chopping is a defensive stroke designed to return an opponent's spin-heavy shots with heavy backspin, often forcing them into making errors.

Choose a racket with a high control rating and pips-out or long-pips rubber if you want to focus on defensive chopping. This equipment helps to enhance backspin and control.

Then take a look at your technique.  Have a look at the tutorial on the Backhand Chop and the Forehand Chop.  

For chopping, you'll want a lower center of gravity than normal. Keep your knees slightly bent and your body weight forward.

Position yourself a bit further back from the table than you would for a typical forehand or backhand stroke. This gives you more time to react to your opponent's shots.

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