Forehand Chop – Table Tennis

Now we will have a look at the forehand chop.
It is a backspin stroke used for defence. Here you will see that Jeff is demonstrating
this stroke. With the stroke starting up near his right ear and finishing down towards his
left knee. It is a lot like a chopping action. You will also notice that the bat is facing
up towards the roof, so his forehand side is facing towards the roof. This enables you
to get the backspin on the chop. Here you will notice also that Jeff turns
sideways for the chop. In table tennis as you get more time, you can turn your feet
a little bit more. So as this is a stroke that is played away from the table you have
time to turn your feet sideways to generate the chop. So from side on you can see the side on position that Jeff takes for the backspin or chop.
You will see that his bat starts up at head level and finishes down at knee high. With the chop stroke you will notice that when the ball comes faster to Jeff his stroke
will be more vertical because he doesn’t need the forward momentum to get the ball over
the net. When the ball is coming a little bit slower Jeff’s stroke will come out forward
to push the ball over the net more. So this is the vertical stroke off the fast ball and
the forward stroke off the slower ball.

100 thoughts on “Forehand Chop – Table Tennis

  1. Guys,you have a great videos and very useful….I know how is hard to make a perfect move because i play table tennis…Best Wishes!!!

  2. Can someone tell me if he's holding the paddle correctly, with his pointer finger flat on the paddle, or is that just what works for him and there's not really a correct way?

  3. that's the regular balanced shakehands grip. having the index finger flat on the paddle ensures stability and power when hitting forehands. if it's even higher on the paddle that kind of grip favors the forehand. if your thumb on the other side rests high on the rubber such a grip favors the backhand.

    some pros switch grips when hitting different shots without even thinking about it (timo boll).

    changing grip to serve is normal since you don't need power but only wrist mobility.

  4. @dconrad23 , yes, he holds the paddle correctly, if you want to play at a certain level, you better hold your paddle that way. Only penholders hold their paddle different. The coorect way for a player to hold his paddle is when your holding the paddle like a hammer pointing your pointing finger straight like a gun on the ruibber of the paddle.

  5. @MrTT62 if u can controlled when ur chop its one of the best chopping rubbers.
    the slippy surface is why u can turn a topspin ball into al lot of backspin chops.

  6. @xmangosaintx I think there is a rule about distracting your opponent. Try posting a question about this on our Ask the Coach section of our website where we have more room to answer and we'll look up the exact rules for you.

  7. i am not able to come to the backhand position quickly while playing forehand,,, and whenever i play backhand,, i am not comfortable with the bat position……. backhand is weak…… dont know how to use backhand topspin..

  8. @sagar037 Table Tennis can seem hard sometimes can't it? The trick is to keep working on your game and with practice you will get it. If you want some specific advice then try using our "Ask the Coach" section on our website.

  9. I have a question:

    every time someone does a forehand or backhand chop, I hit the ball into the net when i try to return it with a forehand slam. What am I doing wrong and how should I hit the ball, to make my slam go over the net?

  10. @crustygymshorts Due to the backspin on the ball you need to ensure you are lifting the ball with a brushing motion. We cover this in our video Topspin against backspin which you can find on our website. After watching this video if you still have any questions then try using the Ask the Coach section of our website.

    Thanks for the question.

  11. @sg12nk34 Yeah it can be difficult. The key is to read how much backspin is on the ball and then adjust your stroke accordingly. You need to make sure that you always brush the ball though when making the forehand loop to ensure that you generate the topspin that will give you a bigger margin for error.

  12. @broro100 If there is only sidespin and not any topspin, then the ball won't jump up off your racket. This means you probably need to open the face of your racket a little more. Also you need to angle your bat to counter the sidepsin.

    If you've got some more questions or want some more detail then try using the Ask the Coach section of our website. We have more room to answer questions there and check them more often.

  13. @freepond I'm not exactly sure what you mean. If the ball is low you need to hit the ball up a little so you can clear the net. It sounds like the best thing might be to try moving in closer to the ball before it drops to low. You'll need good footwork to do this.

    Try asking a question on the "Ask the Coach" section of our website. We are not limited in the length of our answers there and can converse back and forth a little easier to find out what you mean and help you out.

  14. @FSyoyo It sounds like you could be hitting the ball too much. When you play your chop try and move down vertically and generate a lot of spin with a brushing contact. If the ball is going too high and off the end of the table you can try to close the angle of your racket as you make the stroke.

  15. @G4m3rZ3r0 Good question. It could be the angle of your bat. Try opening it up some more and see what effect that has. If you want some more information try using the Ask the Coach section of our website.

  16. @jonasbrothersrulz120 If the ball is going too high you can try to either close the angle of your bat or bring your bat downwards more during the stroke. If your opponent serves with backspin you can push the ball back. You can also try the flick but this is easier if the ball is a little bit high or doesn't have as much backspin.

  17. To curve the ball you need to add some sidespin. This can be done by hitting on the side of the ball. It is not used a lot when chopping. This is used more on serves, flicks and topspins.

  18. As we are shakehand players, most of our videos are for that grip. We do have one video on penhold techniques though. Just search for "penhold techniques pingskills" and you should find it.

  19. Would you go into the specialized paddles that most choppers use? Slow or Combo blades-Long pips on the backhand?

  20. Yes that is the most common setup for choppers, long pimples on the backhand and a controlled normal rubber on the forehand.

  21. It is more difficult to chop with the penholder grip. In fact I don't know of any choppers that use this grip. You still can perform the stroke but it is much harder. The key is still to have a downwards action and brush the ball to generate the backspin. I wouldn't recommend using the penhold grip for chopping on a regular basis, only if you get caught out of position and are desperate to get the ball back on the table.

  22. whats the problem it keeps hitting my side before the other one.. it would look nice if was a serve but on a regular return it just ends up as the opponents point

  23. It sounds like you need to move the bat towards the table a bit more as you come down for the stroke. This will give it a bit more forward momentum and get the ball back onto your opponent's side. The other option is to open up the angle of the bat a little more but this might just make the ball go higher. I'd start by trying to come forward a little more to give the ball more pace.

  24. Yes you certainly can. A lot of defenders will use normal rubber on their forehands and long pimples on their backhands.

  25. Good presentation , but whenever I use chop the opponent gets more aggressive and I have to wait for his mistake . Thanks.

  26. Before this video I dident have a forehand slice but now it is my fav shot thanks so much for the vid. Theukfirefox 🙂

  27. After I watched this video I called "Joo se hyuk" to confirm if this chopping the right form, he said Yes…. Thanks for the video….

  28. AHH SO THATS IT!!!!!!!!!!!! I've not been able to play a chop before, but know i realise how to do the stroke properly!!!

  29. Hello, PingSkills. I am starting from a week, learning to be a defender. Thanks for the video.

    I just ordered a Stiga Chop and Drive 1.1mm for my BH. Do you this rubber and do you think this is good for a beginner defender?


  30. When should I use the forehand chop? Only if I have to? Should I try to use the backhand chop with the pimples more often?

  31. Hi Alois and Jeff. When you have time, please. I need some advice on this stroke. It's one of my favorite strokes since I'm a defender long pips user, and I thought I had mastered it, but I play now against a new friend and his level is higher than mine. So this guy puts a devilish topspin on the ball and the ball kicks off the table aggressively, when I try to chop the ball it goes higher and off the table. I tried adjusting the angle of contact just to not being able to cross the net and hit it. The first thing I realized is with this guy I have to move faster and farther from the table. But it's really hard to keep the ball low and deep because of the heavy topspin. What would be the correct adjustments I should make? Should I relax my wrist to absorb some of the speed and spin? should I contact the ball lower? letting it fall more by going even farther from the table? Should I chop it faster? I was very confident of my technique but this is really challenging. If anyone else has an idea, it'll be very welcome too, thanks!

  32. These are my favorites this helped me win a trophy in 2010
    (sure it was small time but)
    I remember how excited I was when these techniques worked IMMEDIATELY

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