Short push location on the bat

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 4 years ago

Richard Henderson

Richard Henderson Asked 4 years ago

I saw a video by an old Irish coach who was very sharp.  He made a point that I have only heard him make.  He said that on a short push, you should try to have the ball hit your bat pretty close to your hand so soften the stroke and make it easier to keep it low and close to the net.  I have never heard you and Jeff make reference to that type of advice.  How do you feel about it?  Thanks

Richard Henderson

UC Davis, California

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 4 years ago

Hi Richard,

I like to think about hitting the ball as early as possible off the bounce to keep it short.  To do that I feel you can hit the ball closer to the lower edge of the bat so that the time between bounce and contact is less.  From there you can also add more spin.

The other thing to thin about for keeping it short is to add a little sidespin on the ball. We describe this when we talk about the Drop Shot off a Lob stroke.


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