Table Tennis Drop Shot | PingSkills


Hi I’m Alois Rosario from PingSkills today
we’re going to show you how to execute the drop shot. When you force your opponent away
from the table, the important part with a drop shot is to keep it as close as you can
to the net. Even if the ball goes up a little bit higher get it as close as you can to the
net. That makes it a bigger distance for them to travel to get to the ball. So when we’re
smashing we’re trying to keep the person as far back as we can and to make the drop shot
we look for the short ball and come in close to the net.It really important to make the
drop shot off a ball that’s landing short and close to the net. It’s really difficult
if the ball lands deep in your court. So some things to concern when you’re making the drop
shot, one is if you put a little bit of side spin on the ball it helps to keep the ball
short at the other end. The other important part is to keep your hand nice and soft and
relaxed. If your hand is tight the ball will bounce off a little bit further. So by keeping
the hand soft you going to absorb some of the speed and be able to keep the ball close
to the net. Your foot work is important for the drop shot off a lob. When you’re smashing
you’re quite side on to the table and further away from the table to make your smash. As
soon as you see the ball dropping short and ready for a drop shot you need to make sure
you move in and close to the net.

59 thoughts on “Table Tennis Drop Shot | PingSkills

  1. First view, first comment! 😀

    You guys are great. i like how much detail u guys put in it. I never knew side spin helps keep the ball short haha

  2. guys this is a great video! thanks very much you always post great videos that have made my game so much better. I am able to defeat opponents that I could never imagine getting a few points on. If you do execute a drop shot, notice how Alois's racquet is closed (faced down)? That's key to a drop shot as well on how closed your racquet is. That will help the ball stay low and with softness in your hands that puts the opponent in an uncomfortable possible to return anything.

  3. When I try this shot it's hard for me to find where exactly I should put my racket over the table. How do you anticipate where the ball will bounce on the table? Does that just come from experience?

  4. That comes from experience. You learn to intuitively judge the arc of the ball early. You see the same thing with juggling, pool… the first big step is knowing where the ball will drop based on the initial force and angle.

  5. i think you forgot to mention one very important thing: take the ball early just as it bounces. most amateurs try to do it at it's highest point which makes it a lot less effective.

    keep making videos you are doing a great job! pingskills has the best table tennis video tutorials on the net.

  6. If the other person has a M16 the dropshot isn't as effective. Only if they have an MP5 and you jump around the corner.

  7. @MegaOwen97 Of course you can, you can stand anywhere, but not in serve. In serve you must be standing behind the table.

  8. Hi alois, you forgot to say to take the ball as soon as possible after the bounce to keep the ball short and as low as possible…
    Merry christmas

  9. @Develionsphere If you're finding it easy and effective without the sidespin, then stick with that for the time being. We find that by telling players to add a bit of sidespin, it often helps them with the shot. However everyone is different so make sure you do what is best for you.

  10. @jami9595 You can though it is rare to see. Generally people will smash with their forehands so it might be a bit of a give away that you are going to do the drop shot if you use your backhand.

  11. @jami9595 Not explicitly. We do have a video on the sidespin forehand loop which is the shot you would use to do this. You can find it on our website.

  12. This is probably the worst shot in the game. Your chances of missing a drop shot are higher than missing a smash that close to the net. Also your chances of it going the long/off the table are higher and you just brought the opponent back in. Drop shots should be a rare situation where you are somehow handcuffed from a full swing while they are pushed back. This is poor shot selection in my book.

  13. @konnichwakid Thanks for your thoughts. Personally I think it is a shot worth having in your arsenal. I've seen it used to great effect under the right circumstances.

  14. You're lefty just like me! So the way you're showing me actually makes some sense! Thanks for the hints on how to get better at my game

  15. What about the "J.O. Waldner" Drop Block off a counter-topspin? xD Just kidding^^ Great videos! Subscribed! 😀

  16. @pingskills Of course Ma Lin, is a prime example. I just don't care for drop shots that much. Great videos, all the kids have been asking me recently if your videos are good. Now that I know who they are talking about it I can say, I have watched a couple of them myself.

  17. PingSkills is awesome, what I don't understand is why table tennis is such a small sport in the world. I also don't know how you can play with your left hand, it is like physically impossible for me.

  18. You missed a finishing note for the classic drop-shot: don't telegraph it. People should be warned not to make a sudden or rapid backswing. That's not how a smash is done, so when you do that it means, um, a smash is not going to be done. The 'backswing' for a smash is a slow pull-back of the shoulder. This tells the opponent you are going to smash the ball.

    The trick is to pull the shoulder back normally, and at the approach of the ball, gently move the racket forward, loosely held as you say. If the two actions are done almost simultaneously, the opponent is put to sleep for a split second. Then he's like 'what happened?!'

    The sideways follow-through, likewise, not only breaks the impact of the ball, but maintains the final useful milliseconds of deception. It looks like nothing special has happened.

    In this way, even a less-than-short drop will effectively mess with the opponent's perceptions. He or she has been left in the dark until the final moment, and a bit longer in fact; still stuck in one place waiting for the ball that is not coming anywhere near where they are.

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