Footwork on returning faster balls

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 7 months ago

Hamza Saleem

Hamza Saleem Asked 7 months ago

Hello Sir. I have watched almost all your videos on your youtube channel. Very informative and useful to play like a professional player.

But I have a question, In professional matches when faster ball rally starts I don't understand how many steps to move back after each faster stoke because one player moves little back from table while other player moves a lot backward but still there is a faster ball rally. Please make a video on this type of foot work.


Hamza Saleem


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 months ago

Hi Hamza,

The key is to move back to a distance that you personally feel like you can react to the ball and make an effective stroke.

Some players will be able to react a little faster and will stay closer while others take more time when the ball moves faster and so will move back further from the table to give themselves a better look at the ball.

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