Table Tennis Footwork – Part 4

Welcome back to PingSunday video. Today, we learn the last footwork Pattern
“Cross Over Pattern”. This footwork pattern is the most important
one, it allows you to quickly turn around to pivot the ball! Footwork is the fundamental techniques, and
it’s very important. Having a good
footwork will increase the quality of your shots. Top players focus a lot on
footwork training. Luckily, there are not many footwork pattern. Here are the main 4 types of footwork
in table tennis, based on the Chinese coaching. 1. “2 Steps pattern”: Use after your service,
to quickly come back to the ready position. 2. “Quick jump”: Use to move forward or backward
to the table 3. “Side by Side”: Use to move from left-right
or right-left 4. “Cross Over”: Use to turn around, to pivot
and attack the ball with your forehand Before training the “cross over” pattern,
you need to have a quick and strong foot. Here are some simple exercises will help you
to get used to quick footwork. Backhand generates opportunity for forehand
attack. Backhand active block and
step around to pivot – attack the next ball. So here is the pattern to do that: 1 – Left
foot moves to your left side. 2 – Right foot follows
and rotate your body at the same time. 3 – Body mass is put to the right foot
and then weight-transfer to the left foot during the stroke. And finally, come back to the ready position. Remember: To jump on your toe. Keep you heel high. Always use your toe to contact
to the ground. This will make you quick! This is the “cross over” pattern. The specialty of Chinese player. This pattern
helps Chinese player to use forehand to attack the ball on all of the table’s area. Ma Lin, Xu Xin, are the master of “cross over”
footwork. Using the same pattern: left foot cross over
first, right foot follows. Left foot cross over first! Right foot follows! And then come back to the ready position! You need to use small steps, during the cross
overs. If the cross over is not very smooth,
it is because the small step is missing. That’s it! I have covered the 4 types of footwork in
table tennis. The full tutorial is
also found on “”. See you next Sunday!

20 thoughts on “Table Tennis Footwork – Part 4

  1. There are 4 main footwork patterns:
    – Part 1:
    – Part 2:
    – Part 3:
    – Part 4:

  2. Coach, actually with the 'Cross-Over' exercises. The Chinese Men's Team actually will have a pretty long drill where they will start their backhand loops first with a blocker. After a few minutes, then the blocker will put the ball a few times to the middle for the player to transition with his forehand, then continue moving to the forehand side to continue to the drill for a few minutes. They will repeat another cycle or two after that before switching up.

  3. Hello coach emratthich, I've been trying to put body mass transfer to put power on the ball, but my right foot becomes fatigued first, my left foot is okay, does it mean that I've been doing it wrong?

  4. I did not plan well before buying a proper tt bat with the right rubbers and blade. Should i buy a new one?

  5. Thanks for the 4th video. I believe if you include most of the patterns in a PRO match play and analyse slowly, it will have a great learning impact. The first few drills if fine, when the rally goes on, the footwork becomes complex, or we make it complex 🙂 Can you analyse few PRO players in slow motion (like Ma long, ZJK, FZD etc.) for a full point, long rally? Thank you.

  6. Hello. I've watched all this video and I disagree with the first pattern about stepping around (pivot) the corner you showed. The pattern: 1- Left foot moves to your left side. 2- Right foot follow and rotate your body… Is a slow one; the first movement of the left foot does not allow a proper weight transfer for a quick pivot. The weight transfer and body rotation can be performed almost simultaneously if the right foot is moved first and then the left foot follows up just by weight transfer. When the left foot is placed correctly, the body rotation for the forehand attack is automatic as the weight transfers back into the right leg allowing to draw "power from the ground". Coach, please check, analyze and discuss the first half of the following video of Ma Long (no slow motion tough):

  7. hi
    i sm very much impressed by your videos.i am a professional tt player player international events n leagues.i would like to know about the weight training and anticipation practice .can you please give some ideas.thanks

  8. thank you for the lesson..
    But i'm korean people…
    English is not very well..i'm trebled translate English..but i will try understand to see pictures

  9. In general, i am rather agree with your technic analysis, but about your footwork technic side by side i have something to say : How can you compare Timo boll's footwork technic who is still at the world 2nd place in the world ranking (at 37yo) with Ryu seung ming (36yo) who is not even in the world ranking?? I think that Timo Boll has an excellent footwork which allowed him to be so high still at 37yo

  10. thank you coach…this video improve my footwork,please keep making videos you help a lot of people and inspire,and again thank you coach .

  11. hello coach, tanks for the video but i have a question, How do we get a good body for table tennis like the chinese. What most we train

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