The most comprehensive guide to SHORT TOUCHES — TOMORROW TABLE TENNIS


Continuing from the last video, we talked about forehand flick In this video I’ll to show you how to do a
short push.. push short… I don’t know what it’s called.. whatever….-. Comparing to forehand flick, pushing short is a delicate shot So, you have to be very gentle about it And it’s a great way to control your opponent By restricting their attack, it’s setting up your next attack If you’re a player who likes attacking backspins and to some extent, if your forehand is stronger than your backhand Then, well, this shot if for you: pushing short! We get some great examples are Ma Long, Ma Lin, Xu Xin also They push short very often In this video, I will focus on when you are receiving Since we start talking about serve receive,
I want to add several points Usually, as a personal preference, I stand at the corner because I have a stronger forehand than backhand When I’m receiving short serves, I take two steps One step I sort of return to my ready position; Second step I do a side shuffle like this From here, first step, second step When my opponent serves long, I take one step,then I can still pivot or use my backhand If the serve is short, then I come into the table Very similar to your forehand flick, when you’re pushing short, you need to get really close to the ball maybe even closer (than when flicking) in order to have a really good feeling Try to move your weight forward, then lean into the table and to your right Now, I’ll talk about several important points First important thing is timing You have to contact the ball really early when it just bounces..at t his point You can see in this example, I’m contacting the ball too late and it’s really hard to keep the ball low, spiny and short So try to anticipate the ball and judge where the ball lands Once you see that point, you move into position quickly You have to keep your stroke really short The second common mistake is that people tend to swing their arms back and have this huge strock In fact, you only need this much This is different from your forehand flick where you need distance in order to have power If you’re pushing short then you don’t need much distance Keep your racket close to the ball, as close as possible, it gives you more control It’s just this small movement..really easy (ez?.-.).. Second point is brushing You always need brushing when you’re dealing with these over-the-table shots A lot of people just touch the ball over; there’s no quality in your ball At that one point, just tighten your grip, very simple Try to hold the ball longer on your racket, try to brush the ball Before you contact the ball, keep your fingers and wrist (everythin) relaxed At that one point, just tighten your grip, very simple Now I want to introduce a very good exercise where you can practice your brushing If you have a partner, you can let them serve short topspins, and you’re pushing that ball short You’re aiming for the ball to come back In this exercise, don’t worry about the arc, it could be high You’re only trying to put as much backspin as possible on the ball and that’s it So it helps with your brushing (and remember to keep your good timing .-.) Your contact point should be middle towards the head of your racket, somewhere here Thirdly, I want to talk about how to utilize sidespin Usually, when you’re receiving a left-side spin, meaning a regular pendulum The coming spin.. if you’re receiving the ball this way Your ball is going to go to the right In order to use that spin, you can try to
angle your racket to your left So this ball will [produce] this forward component when it touches your racket It adds to your forward component so you don’t
need that much force to put on the ball The spin will [help] carry the ball over the
net and you just need that little bit of brushing Some people angle it this way, [the angle]
is too [big] The ball won’t have the grip and won’t go
over the net This also works for reverse pendulum (right-side spin) The spin will cause the ball to go to your left If you’re angling your racket this way, then
the ball will go this way So, it doesn’t add to your forward component, in fact, it weakens the forward [momentum] So you need a lot of force to put on the ball in order to have the ball over the net And you can see when Ma Long is playing Fan Zhendong a lot of the times Fan Zhendong serves reverse pendulum to his forehand side He chopps down the ball, he puts so much force on the ball just for it to go over the net So that’s something to consider Sometimes you’ll find it’s harder to push a right-side spin over the net It’s not because of the backspin, it’s because of the sidespin: it doesn’t add to your forward component If you’re receiving pure backspin, you need to add some force as well So in order to have the ball over the net, you either put a lot of force on the ball, angling the racket this way Or you can angle it this way, then you don’t need that much force similar to [how you receive] a regular pendulum When you’re able to utilize sidespin, not
only does it make it easier for you but it also creates a little arc on the other
side of the table because of its sidespin Fourth point, I want to talk about placement Once you get consistent in this practice, then you can try to change up your placement You can do one to the forehand, one to backhand, one to the middle Just change the angle of your racket and direction of the force Pushing short works really well when you combine it with chopping long So it messes up your opponent.. short.. and chop long… Now, a lot of people would probably ask: can I still push short when the coming ball has topspin on it? The answer is absolutely YES. And it’s a great way to mess up your opponent because when they serve a topspin to you, they’re probably gonna expect you to return a topspin to them But if you push a short backspin to them, it’ll surprise them, and hopefully set up for your next attack How do you do it?If you just use the same way, you’ll definitely pop the ball up as seen in this example That means the angle of your racket is too flat So try to adjust the angle of your racket
depending on the spin If it has more topspin, then keep it more vertical Also, you don’t need that much forward force for it to go over the net because it has topspin on it It’s more like a up-and-down motion, kind of like chopping, comparing to backspin.. and this is topspin You still need a lot of brushing regardless of the spin Overall, this is a really hard shot because
of the variation your opponent can put on the serve the length difference, the spin, and the spin… You always have to adjust for every single ball So you need a lot of practice to have a good feeling on your hand In the beginning, try to have a lower arc and a high success rate because a spiny high push is still dangerous As you get more and more consistent, you can gradually add more and more backspin on it start changing up the placement, adding sidespin It takes a lot of time, but still it’s a great technique to use in the games

22 thoughts on “The most comprehensive guide to SHORT TOUCHES — TOMORROW TABLE TENNIS

  1. I haven't practiced it yet but do you think that returning back/side with lots of side or top/side right off the bounce is better? When I get those types of serves I try and let the spin come off by waiting until after the bounce. Simply because they are wanting you to pop it up high. I just imagine that right off the bounce is difficult to control those spin types.

  2. It's a great video but I have been trying to push short since 1 month the ball always goes to the wide forehand with a lot of spin and speed

  3. Everything I needed to learn about short touch shots I got from setting a sheet of corrugated (for lack of a better term) glass behind the net, backed by a bigger sheet of plywood, the corrugations running up and down. The ball bounced back at an unpredictable angle right left middle. I would push or lightly roll/flick off it off the bounce (or let it drop, whatever, variety is the spice of life). Sometimes it would go way too sideways but I could hit it back to the wood, so it wouldn't go off the table the other way.

    The directions in the video are good, with the one-step, two-step, right or left, forward or back, etc. but too idealized for the real-world of playing against a crafty advanced player added to someone using head-fakes, etc. etc. With the randomized return, I learned to adapt footwork immediately on-the-fly. You have to ad lib these things. I would practice all kinds of things that you would see in a real match, eg. jumping really fast around the forehand side to do a backhand flick-return. You don't have to pre-orchestrate your footsteps to do these things, and you shouldn't, the least-energy/economy of motion dynamic configuration evolves quite naturally from the sort of practice I've outlined above.

    You're not likely to have such a piece of glass, it just happened to be lying around the basement: we had an old door with three panes of this 1 foot square stuff. You could just, say, pour out quick-set epoxy, fiberglass, or filler, etc. stuff on a horizontal sheet of plywood and make stripes in it with a stick or whatever. Or maybe find something suitable at a hardware store.

  4. Pushing short right after ball jumps is a new thing for me. My pushes always tend to go long. Thank you for the valuable content.

  5. This guy needs better funding, he is way too underrated. Thank you very much you have improved my game drastically. I highly recommend your Chanel to anyone who is new to table tennis or wants to improve.

  6. Best video ever for professional players not for beginners and very good explanation whenever you feel some problem in receiving just watch this video.FANTASTIC

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