Table Tennis Footwork Patterns: Side to Side (Part 3)

Welcome back to the channel of coach EmRatThich. Today is Ping Sunday. There are 4 main footwork patterns in table
tennis that every players should know. Today, we study the 3rd footwork pattern to
move side by side, lateral movement. The first footwork pattern is called “2 steps
pattern”. Use this pattern to come back
to the ready position after your serve. If you want to learn this pattern, click
on the link above. The second footwork pattern is called as “Quick
jump pattern”. Use “quick
jump pattern” to move fordward and backward. This footwork is very important
to move from the distance close to the table to mid distance. I have published this tutorial in the previous
Ping Sunday. Click the link above
if you want to learn the 2nd footwork pattern in table tennis. Today, we learn the 3rd pattern “Side By Side
Feet Movement”. One of the specialty
of Asian table tennis. Why? First of all, let’s analyze the lateral footwork
pattern of Timo Boll, and then compare with Ryu Seung-min. You will see what I mean. To move from the middle of the table to the
pivot position, Timo Boll has used 3 steps. Let’s count: 1, 2, and 3. For some players, this footwork could be fast. But in the eye of Asian coach,
this footwork pattern is too slow, and out-dated. Mean while, Ryu Seung-min used only 1 step
to move to the pivot corner. This pattern is called as “big jump pattern”,
which is also used by some Chinese players (Ma Lin, Xu Xin). ASIAN FOOTWORK vs WESTERN FOOTWORK Why Asian players normally have a better footwork
than the Western players? Personally, I think that Asian players always
try to incoporate his body into the shot. Asian players analyse the technique as the
whole, entire subject. Western table tennis players normally divide
the technique in several parts, in the “analytical approach”, step by step. FOOTWORK TO DO THE BACKHAND
TO FOREHAND TRANSITION To move from left to right, or from right
to left, you need to keep the balance. You need to move both feet. Steady footwork, don’t rush. Keep your body steady is
the key to do the weight transfer correctly. This is called as “Side by side feet movement”. That means, if you want to move to
the right, push your left foot to the ground and move your body to the right side. So to move the right, your left foot must
move first. If you want to move to the left, that your
right foot must move first. Use your right
foot to push your body to the left. Some amateur players use bad pattern, they
jump, and lean the body. They use the left foot to lean the body to
the left. No, don’t do that. If you do that, you will lose the balance,
and then you can’t make a powerful shot. Remember: To make a quality shot in table
tennis, you should do the weight transfer. You should change the center of gravity between
ON THE TABLE To do the forehand from the middle of the
table to the right side of the table, you should also do this “Side by side pattern”. However, use only small movement,
and change the center of gravity from right to center. Even you don’t need to move a large distance
like the backhand to forehand transition, in this “Forehand Half Table”
attack, you always need to do the footwork. Don’t stand still, if you do that, you will
make a bad habit. Use a “Small side-by-side pattern” to adapt
to the ball position. Using footwork
is also important, because without the proper footwork, you can’t do the
weight transfer correctly. Now, you understand why Chinese table tennis focuses a lot on footwork. FOOTWORK TO COVER THE FOREHAND
TO THE MIDDLE To cover the forehand attack from the pivot
corner to the middle of the table, you should also use “Side to Side Pattern”. However, at the pivot corner, you should
rotate your body more (move your left foot a little bit forward). and then use “Side by Side pattern” with a
larger step, to move to the middle. Look! The coach rotated more at the pivot position
(left foot forward). Now, you know the 3rd Footwork pattern in
table tennis, to move correctly from left to right, and right to left. See you next Ping Sunday, EmRatThich.

27 thoughts on “Table Tennis Footwork Patterns: Side to Side (Part 3)

  1. Timo Boll is my idol! Share this video to your friend!

    ► Part 1: "2 step footwork pattern":

    ► Part 2: "Quick jump footwork pattern":

  2. hi emratthich,
    i was playing in a table tennis tournament and I was playing against a person who didn't have good technique and not a lot of spin. Due to this, i was struggling to beat this player. can you give me any tips on how to beat similar players

  3. When rotating more at the pivot position doesn't the right foot end up being more forward for a right handed person? Coach will you please clarify this?

  4. Amazing video… Very professional, technical and clear explanation… Keep up the outstanding work..!!
    Could you please make a video about injuries in table tennis… My shoulder is sore and my hill is sometimes… Is this related to the warm stages or because the technique is no appropriate.???

  5. Seriously, come on, of course you have to use that footage of Timo Boll. There is also a scene where Zhang Jike used small steps to the pivot corner. He is also chinese, so what now?

  6. In the malong/zhang jike serve movement video, you mentioned rthe best do 3 steps after serve. this one is 2. are both ok or is 3 better?

  7. Different situation. Timo had time to prepare. That is why he made several steps. No need to do one long step.

  8. good tip. timo boll is an excellent player, but even i feel that he is slower as compared to chinese. he has got good basic skills.

  9. Thank you EmRatThich, I want to also improve my footwork. We have just started a table tennis social team at my university but we lack coaching. So your video helps me and also help coach other player the proper technique.

  10. Hi! The stroke that I play in my game is doing long pendulum serve to the opponent's backhand and then I somehow get him into a long rally. I manage to brush the forehand balls by topspining them but I never brush my backhand balls because of which the opponent gets to the attacking side. Can you please help me develop my backhand brushes(backhand topspins with very little brushing) so that I can continue the attack?….. Thank you!

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