How to Improve Shot Quality in Table Tennis

Welcome back to my channel, a place to learn
table tennis correctly and with fun. Chinese table tennis coaching and education
always focus on the solid foundation of techniques. Today, we learn how to improve the shot quality
in table tennis. At the beginning, every new players should
learn table tennis step by step and slowly. Chinese coach guides new player in the very
small detail. This young player is learning
how to drop his racket, and to learn the “power from the ground” concept. The key to improve the power in the Forehand
topspin, is to incoporate the lower part of the body in the forehand shot. Not only, snap the ball with your forarm,
but you should also do the weight transfer, and rotate
your body. To increase the spin of the shot, you should
also “accelerate” into the ball, at the moment the racket hit the ball. That’s why you should relax your wrist, and
quickly “brush” into the ball. Chinese coach focuses in this small detail. Quick impact is the key! You can clearly see the concept of Chinese
table tennis technique. “Hit by the leg”
and “Power from the ground”. There are 2 forces: forward force (to provide
speed), and “Lifting force” to lift the ball, to spin
the ball. The weight transfer of the body is the forward
force. And the rotation of the body
with your forarm is the lifting force. That’s why Chinese players use very hard rubber,
to minimize the power loss, and transfer all of these force to the ball. At the amateur level, if you want to improve,
you need to repeat your technique everyday. Repetition is the key! The difference between the coaching I’ve seen
in China, and in Europe (or France) is: In China, they repeat
only one technique until you master it. While in Europe, the coach mixes up several
techniques during the training session. So you have less time to master one technique. So my advice is: Focus on the quality,
improve one technique first, feel it! Always aim to hit harder, faster and spinner! So this training is the fundamental techniques. The coach will exaggerate some gesture,
like drop the racket more, hit forward more, and use the leg more, longer stroke. This exaggeration is necessary for the new
player! Because you will remember the stroke easier when you do the slower and longer
stroke. So if you are the amateur player
who want to change, modify your technique, you should do a slow, and longer stroke
first. How about the top level? If you already have the fundamental in table
tennis, you should imrove the “explosiveness” of your
shots. Today, I will show you some tips to improve
the quality of the shots. Even at the top level, players need to train
and improve their techniques everyday. Because table tennis evolves fast. With the new ball, players need to hit even
harder, faster to gain advantages. Ding Ning is practicing how to “answer” to
the mid-long ball at his backhand side. There are two option: agressive backhand push
the ball, or flip the ball. The coach has asked Ding Ning to “shorten”
her strokes. The same gestures at the
beginning, but she needs to flick, or to push, only at the last moment. Shorten your stroke, to increase the “explosiveness”
(power and speed) of your shots. This will make the opponent harder to guess
what is your next shot. Longer stroke is
easy to be predictable. You can clearly see that, Ding Ning opens
her racket like she will push the ball. But at the last moment, she closed the racket,
and flick the ball. This is the key
at the high level! The split second but great effect to surprise
the opponent! With this tip “Shorten the stroke”, Ding Ning
has increased the quality of her shots. Faster and Explosive! Harder to predict! So this is the routine in table tennis. At the new level, if you want to learn the
new technique, learn the technique slowly. Do the longer stroke. This way, you will learn
the technique quicker. Until you have the good technique, the next
step, you need to improve the technique. One way to do it, is to “Shorten your stroke”. Shorten your stroke will increase the
“explosiveness”, the speed of the shots. Never give up your dream! Hope you improve your technique every day! And enjoy more this wonderful sport! That’s it for today! See you, EmRatThich.

41 thoughts on “How to Improve Shot Quality in Table Tennis

  1. This seems to be counter productive though doesn't it? Practice for a longer stroke but once you master the stroke, then work on making it shorter? Why not just practice the shorter stroke to begin with?


  3. Hi emrathick!,this video helped alot to understand how to improve my forehand and backhand topspin!, it's similar to what you have told me. Hit more forward, more speed, relax more

  4. Hi Coach! I've learned a lot from this video!
    Just remember that when you're talking about someone in the third person, you should say "him" if it's a male, and "her" if it's a female, not "him" reguardless of the gender.

  5. Hi Coach,
    Very good video. I will try to implement in my game.
    Thanks again for such wonderful video.
    Coach can you do a video regarding serve receiving technique, may be a series like backhand flick forehand flick backhand push forehand push etc

  6. May I pls ask an important question: weight transfer- is it leaning to the right leg and then to the left leg (for the right handed player) or is it twisting to the right, then untwisting to the left. In other words: is it rotation around your vertical axis or leaning around your vertical axis? Merci, c'est quelque chose dont je suis pas sûr

  7. Hello sir, i m sambhav from INDIA i really love ur videos and have improved alot i request u to post a video related to judge spin on serves and receive them. Thnx very much


  9. Open question! I do the opposite, firstly I prepare a flip and then change to a chop/push. I believe this is more effective because the opponent needs to go from a more passive attitude to a more aggressive attitude which requires more effort. Should the player show they are going to attack and switch to a chop/push, or should the player show they are going to chop/push, but end it with a flip? What do you think is more effective ? Why ?

  10. Coach, by saying "shorten the stroke", do you mean shortening the amplitude of the stroke or shortening the time to perform the stroke (higher velocity of the movement)? I guess it's the latter, isn't it?

  11. Short stroke is not a Chinese technique generally, it is made in Europe, Ding Ning grip is more European than Chinese, still, i agree to shorten the stroke in higher level because it is obvious, you need to get back to ready position early.

  12. Em Rat Thich, this is exactly why I play table tennis more like regular tennis. I have been watching some of your videos and started to improve by using "power from the ground" – using your legs and hips, and as a result, all of my strokes are so long (more like tennis strokes – and in addition, I do not use my wrist). I feel that I would be a better tennis player than I was before from having worked on my table tennis game, if I chose to start playing again. However, as far as my table tennis game goes, I feel like you had mis-led me the wrong way. I feel like I am doing everything else right, except because of my much longer strokes than the rest of the players at my club, I just cannot recover for the next shot fast enough. That is why I feel I can apply the same techniques to tennis (or even pickleball if I were to flatten the ball out more) and I would have more time to recover and so I could be a decent player in those sports.
    I just do not understand how to shorten my strokes. Again, in all your other videos which I watched, I took and did exactly the tips which you advised me to. I have gotten better, but my opponents still take advantage of my lack of recovery in this super fast sport.

  13. Phụ đề Việt đã được thêm lâu rồi ERT ơi!. ERT kiểm tra lại và duyệt đăng nhé! Cảm ơn nhiều!

  14. In France many player DON'T want to work hard, they just think to have fun and if your are talented you will be a good player! It's a crazy way. When I explain to my friends the right way to learn they smile! "Hit with the legs and power from the ground is to difficult I am tired of my journey so I take tensor to do the job in place of me" . Coach are doing a lot of exercices in the same session and take care to the fun attitude in place of serious training, so young players stayed at the same level and when they are 20 yers old they want to be better? It's to late guys sorry but working working and again working each movement is the only way. Thanks ERT for all your vids it's a gold sun.

  15. For me , this is one of your best video , easy technics to replicate , very well explained , thank you Boss ! When do you come to Canada to teach the true way ?

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