Positioning to Return a Smash | Table Tennis | PingSkills


Hi I’m Alois Rosario from PingSkills. Samad
has asked a question about how to position yourself when you are trying to return a smash.
Now firstly Samad it is really important to remember that back there is not where you are
going to win a lot of points. It’s really a position that you are forced into if you make
a weak shot. So ideally you want to be close to the table, and this is where you should
be practising most of the time. But let’s show you what to do if you do happen to get back
there. So where you position yourself depends on where the ball lands and where they are hitting the ball from. If I hit the ball into the middle of the table I’m going to position
myself in the centre of the table because that covers the angles that the ball is likely
to go. There’s no need for me to be all the way over here because I’m leaving all of that
backhand area open. So now if I’ve played it wide over to the right handers forehand
area I need to position myself over to this side a bit because now that’s the possible
angles that the player is going to play the ball. Again it’s no point being all the
way over here because that is leaving my backhand area really open. And conversely if the ball
is wide over on the other side again I need to position myself over into here to cut off
the angles. So I need to position myself in the middle of the possibility of where the
ball is going. So from the middle I can then move slightly this way or slightly this way
and cover the ball a little bit easier. So the last thing is you need to watch the ball
really carefully. The better you watch the ball the quicker you’re going to pick up information
of where the ball is and that will give you just that split second difference of being
able to move and react to the ball. So if the balls is in the middle I need to position
myself in the middle and that way I can cover the angles that Jeff can go to. So now if
the ball is over on the forehand area I’m going to position myself in the middle of this area
to be able to cover
the angles. So now I’m going to move across and cover the angle. If you want to see more
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50 thoughts on “Positioning to Return a Smash | Table Tennis | PingSkills

  1. I agree with everything except for one thing that I think some players would prefer. You don't have to be in the dead center of the possible angles. I think it is better to have your body in a position so that your forehand has more of the wide angles, simply because your backhand can't possibly cover like your forehand. It just doesn't have the dexterity to do it.

  2. It's all to do with the difficulty of the shot; positioning the ball when smashing is harder than you think, especially if the ball is lobbed really high.

    In general, the better your opponent is the more they will try to play the wide angles.

  3. That's the point. You should go to the middle of the possibilities of where the player can smash to. This way you can cover the biggest area.

  4. thanx 4 video.. but can u show me the way to serve..and about playing backhand as i m not great with that

  5. At 2:24 Alois curving the ball in the air ,(just like how does Joo Se hyuk curving in the air lesson ).

  6. hey i am 12 i am playing well but haven't got a good spin serve for my level i am at silver level i went to your site but still didn't get any serve i could complete (properly) can you please make a video for us want to make my opponents in awww from my serve i have a bat called the GKI "EURO STAR" IS IT A GOOD BAT can you tell me the "cans" and can'ta of my bat please reply

  7. Take a look under the serving category of the ask the coach section, this will help you develop a good serve. You can also consider taking out a premium membership and then you'll get access to the Serving Secrets lessons which cover how to develop a great serve in detail.

    I haven't used your bat before so I can't really comment. As long as you have a bat that isn't too fast to begin with and allows you to generate spin, then you'll be able to develop your game.

    Good luck!

  8. hey thanks i am good at table tennis but not too good i use the tomahawk serve and i love to smash and give ultimate topspins but i can't get the premium lessons because i am 12!!! i do not know how to pay and also i am in india but my bat stats are-spin92 speed-92 control-98 hey thanks for the help and want a tt ball which can't really break because last time i used a smash on a 1 star ball and BOOM into pieces i used the smash from one of your videos but that ball was from butterly company !!

  9. You're welcome. It sounds like you are doing very well. Unfortunately Table Tennis balls do eventually break. I hope we can keep on helping you with all our free videos.

  10. We haven't yet. The reason is that if the ball is high enough to smash you really should have time to step around and play the safer forehand smash.

  11. you arent entirey right….there are many peope out there who have advantage on the backhand side …..and are great in defence from both sides..players like me

  12. If you feel you have a better forehand you can leave a bit more room on your forehand side. However for ease of explanation it's easy to use the center.

  13. When i hit the ball from the left corner and the opponent is going to smash, im supposed to keep eye on the left corner angle right? Why wouldn't he hit to the right corner, instead hitting back to left? He would get the point much easier?

  14. You are meant to get into the middle of the area he can hit the ball to. This way you have the best chance to get to the next smash. It's going to be hard to win a point when you are forced back so it is most likely your opponent will smash the ball and win the point.

  15. ok guys my name is mason and I am manchesters year 7 table tennis champion and I was wondering if when the player I play against begins to go on the defense should I tap it too keep him on his toes

  16. Hi Mason, it sounds like you are doing well with your Table Tennis. Playing a drop shot can be a good option to keep your opponent "on their toes".

  17. Great question. You need to be watching for this. Remember that when you are that far back you aren't going to win a lot of points. You can try to keep your lobs deep to make it harder for them to make a dropshot!

  18. When there is a smash i usually stand a meter away from the table and block it back, is there something wrong with that

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