The distance from the table

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 10 years ago


Oliver Asked 10 years ago


I was playing the other day and my coach told me to time my block so that I hit the ball as soon as the ball bounces from my side and to stand close to the table, even when counterlooping. When I watch the people on the national teams play, I realise that they all stay far away from the table when blocking and looping.

So I was wondering, how far from the table should I stand when I am playing? Should I listen to my coach or should I copy the professionals?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi Oliver,

The professionals only move away from the table when they need to.  

You should try to stay close to the table as much as possible because that cuts down the time that your opponent has. 

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