Staying relaxed when moving

Table Tennis Footwork

Last updated 8 years ago

eugene lu

eugene lu Asked 8 years ago

Hi pingskills,

How can I stay relax when I'm on the move? When doing footwork, my strokes become very tense, that's why I'm very inconsistent when doing footwork drills. It's very hard for me to relax when moving. Any tips?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Eugene,

This is a difficult part of the game and the reason it is important to do a lot of footwork training.  It is natural that when you legs are working hard, you tend to tighten your arm as well.  When doing your footwork training, try to focus on hit, move, stop and hit.  While you are moving your legs are working hard, but when you are hitting you need to relax especially your arm and upper body.  Do a lot of repetitive drills and you will start to get the feel of this.

This is a difficult concept for a lot of players.  Start off by doing the footwork training really slowly so that you have time to focus on these aspects.

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Ernest Wahyu

Ernest Wahyu Posted 8 years ago

Hi Alois,

I also have problem with footwork especially if my opponent really good covering the ball when close to the table. As you said, to train footwork we hit, move, stop, and hit. When do u think the right moment to start moving our legs ? Is it after or before opponent hit the ball back to us ?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

As soon as you hit the ball be active and watch the ball.  That will make you move to the next ball wherever it comes.

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