“In Pai”: Prepare your stroke like a professional table tennis player


Welcome back to the channel of coach EmRatThich. This is the Ping Sunday video. Today, I will talk about the very important
concept in table tennis “In Pai”. So what is
In Pai and why it is so important? If you know this concept, you will improve
very fast. “In Pai” is the main difference between a
pro player and an amateur player. Professional player knows how to prepare before
the stroke, and then they make the quality shots. While new players always said “I don’t have
time, the ball is too fast”. Both pro players and amateur players have
the same amount of time before the stroke. But pro players know how to use this time,
and amateur just wastes this precious time. So today, we learn how to prepare the shots
using the Chinese tips “In Pai”. Chinese Philosophies
In Table Tennis I have presented some principal Chinese philosophies
in table tennis: “Power From the Ground”, “Hit by the legs”, “Timing and Acceleration”,
“Using the wrist”, etc. “In Pai” is how Chinese players prepare before
hitting the ball. It’s another fundamental
in Chinese table tennis coaching that you should know. By applying these Chinese concepts, a player
said “My rating went 200 points up”. Thank you! I’m very happy that my videos help you improve
your table tennis. You
will improve even faster by applying today’s tips “In Pai” – How to prepare for the stroke
and increase the quality of the shots. Another player emailed me “I’m searching how
to use the wrist in forehand and also in backhand”. I have made a video recently about “using
the wrist in the Forehand loop”. Look above for the link. And this is how pro players use the wrist
in the backhand stroke. Look at Zhang Jike,
how he rotates his wrist in the backhand flick technique. What is “In Pai”
in table tennis? You can hear in many Chinese table tennis
coaching videos the word “In Pai”. Chinese coach emphasizes a lot this step “In
Pai” because it is really important. This step decides the quality of the shots. “In” is “to flow”, to let come in. It is like you let water come in a channel. “Pai” is your racket. So “In Pai” is to let your racket flow, or
to bring back your racket naturally, to make the space before hitting
the ball. But the Chinese philosophy focuses on “let
it flow”, so you need to do it naturally, fluidly, in the relax way. Some amateur players forget to “in pai”, so
don’t have enough time to hit the next ball properly. Or some players “in pai” at the last moment, suddenly, in a forced way, so they can’t accelerate
at the right moment, and the quality of the shots decrease. So the verb “In” is very important, it should
be translated as “let if flow” but not only “bring
back your racket”. It shares the same concept of Bruce Lee. How to do “In Pai”? Chinese players focus a lot on this step “In
Pai”. Because with this step, a player can
hit the ball consistently and powerful. It’s not only just “bring back your racket”. But
there are 3 steps to do the correct “In Pai”. 1. You need to estimate where the ball will bounce
up. And get the optimal position. This job is done by your footwork. 2. You need to do the weight-transfer. You need to lower your body, the body mass
is transfered from the right foot to the left foot. By doing that, your elbow and the
racket is followed naturally. This is the heart of the action “In” – to
follow. 3. And at the last moment, contract and send
all of this power, begin from the legs, to the waist, frap the elbow, to your hand
and the racket. The effect of
“In Pai” to your stroke Can you see that? Amazing! The Chinese coach “in pai” and hit the ball
without forcing, fluidly. He starts slowly, easily but the ball is crazy
fast! The “kick effect”
is huge! (the ball is fast and has a low bounce). Very difficult to block his ball! Now! You understand that table tennis is very technical. You don’t need to hit
violently to make the ball fast. But you need to play fluidly, but with a proper
technique, you can make a quality shot (fast and spinny). That’s why you need a very good coach who
can teach you the correct techniques. Step by step. The concept is “In pai” is very important,
“well prepare for the shot, let the ball coming (to follow), and then
transfer the power at the last moment”. Some amateur players don’t let the ball come,
and hit too soon! This is the very bad
habit! Each time you do it! Remember this concept “In Pai”, let the water
come into the channel. Don’t rush! “In Pai” increases not only the consistency
of the shots, but also the power of your attack. Look how Fan Zhendong well prepare before
looping the backspin ball. So let’s learn how to “In Pai” to pivot at
the left corner. The principle of “In Pai” in this case is
the same. First, you need to use the “2 steps
footwork” to move around the corner. Look at my videos for this footwork pattern. And then you need to put your body mass on
the right foot, lower your racket below the table. And then transfer the weight from the right
foot to the left foot, rotate the hip, and snap the elbow, all of
this power is sent to your racket and hit the ball. If you don’t “In Pai”, how can you have this
power? So “In Pai” is the first step you need to do. If you are new, learn the technique step by
step, you will improve very fast. If you are not new, and form a bad habit,
change it! Learn from the
beginning. Can you see his technique? He plays easily, relax but the ball is very
fast and spinny. Because he “In Pai”, let the ball coming,
and then rotates to hit the ball. I really like
this concept “In Pai” because it can improve my young players quickly. Now let learn how to “In Pai” with the ball
at the right corner. Again, don’t rush! Rushing is a very very bad habit that many
new players make. You need to do the
technique step by step. Remember: Table tennis is very technical! You also need to move correctly to the optimal
position. Normally, you can apply
the “Quick jump footwork pattern”. And again, lower your racket below the table! Let the ball coming (In Pai), and put the
weight on the right foot to store the energy. And then rotate and hit the ball forward. Now release the energy and accelerate (
brush) into the ball. This way, you can make a fast and spinny ball! Remember! If
you are new, make the spinny ball first! Because “Spin is consistency” Can you see that! He plays easily! His ball is spinny and very fast! “Be water my friend”! “In Pai, In Pai and In Pai”! Don’t rush! You can do that. I will teach you the best Chinese techniques
to improve your table tennis. How to remember
“In Pai” before hitting the ball? As I coach young players, and sometime they
just forget the “In Pai” steps. So they
are more passive and the shots are less quality. This is my best tip for you to
always remember “In Pai” before hitting the ball. If you don’t want to miss the “In Pai” step,
you should imagine that there is an “invisible” cord connected between the ball
and your racket. So if you want to
make ball coming, you need to pull the ball. It’s like the ball is the water, so you need
to make a channel, and let the water come. So to dig the channel, you need to do the
weight transfer, bring back your racket, and let the ball come into this channel. (or this invisible string). If you know this concept, you will mention
that all the professional players in table tennis do “In Pai”. For example, look at the Korean player “Kim
Jung Hoon”. So you should imagine that there is a string,
that is connected from your racket to the ball. So you need to pull the string back to make
the ball coming toward your body. By doing that, you won’t forget the “In Pai”. So this is another Chinese philosophy in table
tennis that I want to present to you. I hope that you can improve quickly your table
tennis skills. And please let me know
about your progress. Email me: [email protected] You should also share to your team-mate if
you find this tutorial interesting. If you want to offer me coffee, search “Patreon
EmRatThich”. 🙂
See you next Ping Sunday! Bye bye bye!

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