Practicing for Power

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 3 weeks ago

Kenneth Tham

Kenneth Tham Asked 3 weeks ago

Dear PingSkills,

A member in my club usually comments that I do not hit the ball fast enough. He encourages me to have a more forward motion in my forehand topspin, whereas I tend to have a more diagonal upward motion to the forehand topspin. Usually, I tend to try to spin the ball safely across the net. Should I practice with more power, hitting the ball faster and straighter across the net? Is there a proportion of practice time to practice for power, or should we try to hit the ball fast all the time in a practice rally?



Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 3 weeks ago

Hi Kenneth,

It is important to practice both slower and faster strokes.  You need both to have a successful game.

The strokes will vary slightly with the faster stroke going marginally more forward or having a flatter contact whereas the slower ball can have a finer contact and can be more vertical.

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Kenneth Tham

Kenneth Tham Posted 3 weeks ago

Hi Alois,

Ok, thanks for the advice. I will put it into my practice.


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