How to move in table tennis like a pro

How to move in table tennis like a pro

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Welcome back to the channel of EmRatThich. This is the private recording of Fan
Zhendong and Zhang Jike in World Championship Paris. This view angle is very
interesting because you can see how top players move after serving. You can see that Fan Zhendong moves away after
serving in 3 steps. These 3 steps are
very important because they want to quickly get into the optimal position right after
the serve. Amateur players don’t know how to move after
serving, and stay very close to the table. And amateur players therefore can not attack
the next ball correctly, because they are too close to the table. The optimal distance you need to move is about
40-50 cm away from the table (the length of your
arm). If you don’t move away correctly, you won’t
have enough time to prepare for your stroke to attack the next ball. That’s the main reason that some amateur players
just stand there after their serve, and push the
next ball, even for the long ball. Zhang Jike also moves away in 3 steps. Can you see that? First, he puts his left foot forward to the
table. And stomps slightly at the moment he
contacts the ball. This action has 2 purposes: First, to hide
the sound of the serve. Because by hearing the sound of the serve,
you can estimate if the serve is spinny or not. Second by putting his left foot farther, he
also rotates his body to prepare for the next step. Second step: He used his left foot to push
to the ground and jump back. This is
important to remember: That is your left foot will push you far away. I’ve seen some
players used the wrong foot. They use the right foot first to move. But it’s wrong! Last step: After using left foot to push to
the ground and jump back. The last step is
a “quick jump” step to ajust to the incoming ball. For the quick jump step, you should
use both right foot and left foot to jump. You can clearly see that Zhang Jike used a
lot of force from his left foot to push the body back. Now let’s film yourself playing after the
serve, and you can see the huge difference. This is how an amateur moves after serving. This is totally wrong. His left foot stays
at the same position. He miss step 1 (left foot forward) and step
2 (jump back). He
just rotates his body, and the right foot moves first (Wrong). The correct way is your left foot should push
to the ground and jump back first. Because he didn’t move away correctly, his
Forehand topspin is bad. He contacts
the ball too far from the body. The blue guy even doesn’t move after his serve. So he has a terrible habit for his backhand
topspin. Let’s compare 2 versions: Zhang Jike’s footwork Amateur footwork I really enjoy watching table tennis match
at the side like this. Because we can learn
many things from this angle: footwork, spin, optimal distance, the contact timing. Now I let you enjoy the match.

48 thoughts on “How to move in table tennis like a pro”

  1. Thank you very much coach it is very useful information after serve, after first bouncing ZJK moves one step further, after second bouncing he move one step back it is very useful 😏

  2. Most of us know step 2 & 3, like amateur in the movie, but we indeed use our left foot only to rotate about and don't make step 1 to gain momentum for step 2.

  3. Please give a nice technique to return a half long ball. When I try to hit that ball my rubber tears off.

  4. hi friends and coach….I am from India…I am using joola flame Xtreme blade with FH rubber 729trcend and BH rubber joola badman reloaded1.4 …… actually I face some problem with back hand when ever I chop ball never goes close to the net it always on high bounce and opponent has easy chance to hit any where….. this problem I face since ball has change…nd also want to speed up my forhand so plz coach recommend me s good long pimple rubber which work great on plastic ball….and any forhand rubber for speed up……..plz reply as soon as possible bcz next month I have a competition so I need a great combo plz coach help me and solve my problem

  5. nice vid ERT, sometimes when i see a match i feel like i m blind, it's different from a coach perspective than just amateur players, ty 4 pointing out and keep adding more vid with analysis like this one

  6. I never thought of this. I think it can be applied immediately to my game without much effort.
    I expect my performance will be better since I have not been able to handle the sudden attack of my service from the opponent.

  7. I think this habit of not applying the right footwork & depth of play can be an unfortunate learned play style based on your facility. A lot of people grow up playing in garages, basements, etc where it's impossible to play off the table. Just look at the amateur video pointed out here. Those guys couldn't move off the table if they wanted to.

  8. Hi ERT, When I was kid we were training in Bulgaria. We win few gold medals and then i stop for 13 years. Now i'm 31 and starting again in different club. The coach here notice in my first game that my right leg is forward on the backhand and tell me that i have good backhand but bad footwork. I'm trying to change it now, but I'm more focused on my footwork then the game and make mistakes. Is it too late to change now? Any tips?

  9. hello coach and thanks a lot for your awesome videos,they were very helpful to me. Well I play with (butterfly tamka 5000 blade),(donic coppa Jo platin rubber) on forehand, and(yasaka mark 5 rubber) on backhand,and the backhand rubber is not supporting me to play offensive. So can you suggest me a rubber and please tell some of the strategies for a left handed offensive player.

  10. i think adding in the analysis of the amateur player makes this video GOLD. because without your analysis, i bet most people would think that those players are pretty decent and not see all the mistakes being made that you bring up. the comparison between amateur/pro and the breakdowns really improve learning and make the channel amazing. great! keep doing it for every TT technique 🙂

  11. Copying the style of 2 of the most extreme athletes probably won't work as well for mere mortals.
    The pro serves are used to allow a moderate attack.For the majority of players it would IMO be better to look at what women are doing.
    Here's a link
    to some former stars playing: 4fMtHKk4xd8.

  12. Hi coach I love your vids. I had a question -is it good to keep doing small jumps during a match like a boxer to quickly jump and adjust to the opponents shot to hit a good shot.

  13. 3:25 You said that his forehand topspin is bad because he contacts the ball too far from the body, but Xu Xin's killer forehand uses almost a full extension of his arm…

  14. Thank you for wonderful video! I have also noticed, that after banana flick Fan Zhendong immediately jumps back. This is also great lesson for me. Without your view I would never have noticed these details.

  15. Thats interesting, especially when you watch the female pros who appear to stand right at the table. Mima Ito does not seem to move at all away from the table.

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