Forehand Return

Table Tennis Service Return

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Sourav Mehra

Sourav Mehra Asked 10 years ago

Although my backhand push and chop are ok but I have a problem receiving with my forehand.I receive serves on my forehand with counterhit or topsin,but I can't chop or push.  I have noticed that my backhand and forehand return angles are the same but the ball goes into the net or flies away whenever I return the ball with my forehand.  Can you please advise me some good tips to enhance my forehand returns?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi Sourav,

I find that a lot of players find the forehand push difficult to perform because it can be an awkward stroke.  Think about just using your fingers and wrist to control the ball rather than using too much of your arm.  Also ensure your fingers and wrist are totally relaxed when making the stroke.  A common mistake is to use too much elbow and arm.

The relaxation in the wrist and fingers is the key element though.  See if this helps you. 

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rajesh jha

rajesh jha Posted 10 years ago

a common problem that i face is that i am unable to make a push on my forehand once i m ready for a forehand drive although with practice i have now become pretty decent at making forehand pushes if i am prepared. This often causes a lot of problems to me while recievin serve in the doubles.



ALI NAEEM Posted 10 years ago

I can not play forehand can you  please tell me how play the forehand.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 years ago

Hi Rajesh,

I find the key with most players when transitioning from Forehand drive to push is moving your right leg in and out efficiently and quickly.

The right leg needs to get in close to the table or even under it to make the forehand push effectively.  Work on this transfer by getting your training partner to push one short and then one long to your forehand side while you practice changing from the push to topspin.  Then get then to hit the ball randomly wither short or long and you need to react to the different ball and play the appropriate shot. 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 years ago

Hi Ali,

The forehand push is an awkward stroke.  Keep working on the principles we discussed earlier in this forum and see if you can get it feeling comfortable.

Sourav Mehra

Sourav Mehra Posted 10 years ago

Thanks for the answer coach


ALI NAEEM Posted 9 years ago

thanx alois.i work on the princeples and now i am able to play forehand easily

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Fantastic Ali.  That sort of story is always good to hear! Well done.

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