With the smash there is a couple of key features the you need to remember. The first one is to get your bat up nice and high to start
off with and the swing is to come forward and through. One common mistake is to drag
the ball down too much. That is okay when it is up a little bit higher, but off the medium
height ball it is best to start quite high and come through nice and flat and forward.
The contact with the bat on the ball needs to be very flat. If you brush the ball on
contact the ball does not go as fast, so with the smash you want a nice flat and fast contact.
And the key element for the smash for a lot of people when they are starting to learn how
to smash is your feet. The most important thing is as the balls going up in the air
you need to get your feet into position straight away. Use that time when the balls in the
air to move into position. A lot of players when they start to smash as the balls up in
the air they will move their body and try to look where the balls going and end up in
a really bad position. As the balls in the air make sure you are moving into position and then you are right to smash. The feet are a real key feature of smashing. Make sure
you get yourself into position right from the start. As soon as you see that ball going
up into the air get your feet moving so that you can make a good strong smash from a good
balanced position. You need to get your feet side on to the table
so you can generate power coming forwards. In table tennis a lot of the time we are very
square on. With the smash you have got time to turn your feet side on. So as the ball
is in the air you have got time to turn and then get your power coming forwards to generate
more speed and more power with your smash.