Table Tennis: Having Proper Table Tennis Footwork
Having proper footwork is one of the major keys to table tennis success.
For those of you who are new to table tennis, you may be looking for pointers on how to improve your table tennis skills, and the team here at eTableTennis.com wants to help. One question some beginner table tennis players ask is “What’s the key to having good table tennis footwork?”
When it comes to table tennis, having good table tennis footwork ultimately comes down to three (3) key components:
1. Keeping your knees slightly bent while playing table tennis
2. Keeping your feet wide and parallel with the ping pong table
3. Moving into position, stopping, then hitting the ping pong ball
The first key component, keeping your knees slightly bent while playing is very important. This is because it allows you to maintain good balance and remain very agile whenever your opponent hits the ping pong ball. Bending your knees and keeping your body in a slight squat provides balance, power and enhances propulsion. You will want to remember to keep the the weight on balls of your feet to help make it easier to move and react to an opponents shot.
The second key component, keeping your feet wide and parallel with the ping pong table, is crucial since it’s important to have your feet facing in the direction you want the ping pong ball to go. Maintaining proper distance with your feet helps keep a player properly balanced. Moreover, it’s also very important to have your feet wide and parallel with the ping pong table because it’s much easier to move from side-to-side, either with a quick jump or a quick shuffle, when attempting to hit the ping pong ball.
The third key component, moving into position, stopping, and then hitting the ping pong ball is also very important. If you are moving while attempting to hit the ping pong ball, not only will you not be adequately prepared to utilize a proper forehand or backhand stroke, but you will also not be able to recover by the time your opponent serves the ping pong ball back.
As with many things, we here at eTableTennis.com like to stress that the key to becoming a proficient table tennis player is good technique, consistency, and repetition, and if you do those three things, you’ll be on your way to being a good table tennis player.
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