Table Tennis Secrets - The Forehand - Be a Ping Pong Hero

by:Xinpai     2020-04-27
In this article, you'll discover that developing a consistent forehand is one of the secrets to separating yourself from your opponent. Although there are various methods to hitting forehands, a common technique is to hold the racket with your palm behind the ping pong paddle and on the grip. Some players place their index finger behind the table tennis racket head for added stability and to assist in racket head speed when creating spin. Although many players are tempted to hit big and go for winners, the best plan when developing your ping pong skills is to develop a game and strategy based on consistency. Like other racket sports, the best foundation is one based on control and consistency rather than a killer shot. Once you have established a strong foundation based on consistent and solid table tennis technique, you can then move on to developing a killer weapon. The most common ping pong weapon is the forehand. The following are 3 keys to unleashing the full potential of a killer table tennis forehand: 1. It's all in the feet. Believe it or not, the first secret has nothing to do with your arm, upper body, or racket holding technique. Good footwork is often overlooked and underestimated. Watch any good player, and you'll see active feet, short sidesteps for recovery after a wide shot so that you continually face your opponent, and a ready position which allows the player to wait on their toes which aids in quick reaction time. 2. Learn Spin. Without spin, it won't go in. Although this may not always hold true, you'll find that shots without spin have less control. It is to your advantage to learn how to hit topspin on your strokes. Hitting topspin on your shots allows you to go for your shots more. Why? When you hit with topspin, the ping pong ball dips towards the end of its flight decreasing long and wide shots. The result is more control. To hit a topspin shot, you'll need to hit the ball from low to high and brush up on the back side of the ball with your ping pong paddle. With practice, you'll soon see dramatic results from adding topspin to your shot. 3. Do Not Recover to the middle of the table. What strange advice you say! Most players have better forehands than backhands. Additionally, most players move better to their forehand side. What can we do with this information? How 'bout using it to our advantage. Instead of recovering to the middle of the ping pong table after hitting a forehand or backhand, try recovering slightly left of center table (lefties try recovering slightly right of center table). By recovering off center, you'll be protecting your backhand and you should see more balls come to your right side which is your stronger forehand shot. With these great tips in mind and a determined spirit, you're sure to improve. Although these tips may not be for everyone, give them a try. You may find a secret to help you develop that killer table tennis forehand!
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