Table Tennis Exercises to Improve Footwork

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EmRatThich Table Tennis Coach

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Welcome to the channel of coach EmRatThich. Today is Sunday 30/04, our Ping Sunday. Footwork in table tennis is extremely important. Footwork is the key of table tennis. Today, we discuss the Chinese philosophy about footwork. Many amateur players don't know how to move correctly. They just stand at the same position, or just move after hitting the ball. This way, they will never improve. Today, is the 1st video about "How to do the quick and precise footwork" in table tennis. You can see that footwork is a big question of many of you. Without the good footwork, you can't get into the the optimal position, you can miss the ball, make many unforced errors. However, with a good footwork, you are always balanced and can hit faster, stronger, or sooner. So footwork is the key of any stroke techniques in table tennis. Footwork is the first thing you need to improve, because it will improve the quality of your shots, it is also the key of the concept "power from the ground, hit by the leg" in Chinese philosphy. The first thing you need to change to improve your footwork! You should change the way you put your weight on your leg. I still remember during my journey in China, I've asked a Chinese coach "How can you spot, identify quickly who is a good player in table tennis?". He answered, "Easily, just look at the way he moves". To move correctly, you should move on your toe, but not on your heel. Look at the way how Zhang Jike moves and puts his weight. He always moves on his toe, and the heel is up high. Many amateur players do the wrong technique. All of the weight is put on the heel, so the feet is flat and stuck to the ground. No, don't do that. Change it! Put all of the body weight to the toe, lift the heel, don't let it flat and stuck to the ground. This is the best way, and quickest way to move in table tennis. Why Chinese players are so strong in footwork? In Chinese philosophy, footwork is not only the way the foot move to make you get into the position. Footwork is also the way you incorporate your body (your hip, your waist, your shoulder) before and after you hit the ball. So footwork is not only for the leg but is also the whole body. You should understand that footwork is the "work of the whole body". In Chinese philosophy, footwork is not only the way the foot move to make you get into the position. Footwork is also the way you incorporate your body (your hip, your waist, your shoulder) before and after you hit the ball. So footwork is not only for the leg but is also the whole body. You should understand that footwork is the "work of the whole body". Before hitting the ball, the good footwork will make you get into the best position, which allows you to use the power of all of the body to hit the ball. That's why the quality of the shots of the Chinese players are very good because they have the best footwork in the world. This is the Super Shadow Play performed by 31 different age young players on 18 tables at Sanwei Table Tennis Club in Beijing. The way these kids train the footwork is so natural. They incorporate the movement of the legs, the hip and the body into the shot. At the young age, this training is crucial. Because they will memorize quickly these fundamental movements, and develop their technique later. If you are not young, and already have a bad habit. It's harder to change, but it's never late. Forget all of your techniques. And train from the zero. Learn these fundamental movements, step by step. Repeat it every day. This is the only way if you really want to improve your technique. Remember (10k rule): To master any skill in the sport, you need at least 10000h of repetition and training. If you are not young, and already have a bad habit. It's harder to change, but it's never late. Forget all of your techniques. And train from the zero. Learn these fundamental movements, step by step. Repeat it every day. This is the only way if you really want to improve your technique. Remember (10k rule): To master any skill in the sport, you need at least 10000h of repetition and training. How to train to have "quick" footwork? There are many drills to train footwork. But this training "ladder drills" is the best way to improve the agility of your footwork. You should do this drills every day, in your daily basics. It takes only 5 minutes, with 7 exercises, but your level will increase rapidly. Exercise 1: Step forward and backward training. You should do this at your table tennis club with another players every training sesson. Each exercice is repeated 2 times. It takes only 5 minutes. Exercice 2: "Pivot step". Repeat this drills to make your foot faster, lighter. Exercice 3: "Lateral jump". Exercice 4: "Twisted" Exercice 5: "Jump back" Exercice 6: "Small step" How to train to have "precise" footwork? As I explained in the beginning. There is the best way for the footwork movement, it's called the "footwork pattern". This pattern is the method to move, and position your feet for each type of stroke. To have a precise footwork, you need to learn this pattern. There are many types of stroke (forehand attack, forehand dropshot, quick flip, forehand to backhand transition, backhand topspin, backhand push, backhand chop, backhand two point attack, pivot step around, forehand smash, block, push block, sideway position...). But in general, there are only 4 main footwork patterns, that you need to master. In the next video, I will explain the 4 most important footwork patterns in table tennis that every player should learn. I will upload these full footwork drills if you want to repeat in your daily training. That's it for today. See you, coach EmRatThich.

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