The forehand push is the third basic table tennis stroke to master and it’s probably the most difficult of the four. A push is more of a defensive shot than the drive and the aim is to play down the back and underneath the ball to create some backspin.
Later on, the forehand push can be developed into a forehand touch, dig or chop. It is also useful when serving as many basic “chop” serves are built upon the principles learnt for the forehand push.
As with the forehand drive, the forehand push will require a small amount of rotation with the hips, torso and shoulders. It can feel like quite an unnatural shot to play at first but stick with it and you’ll develop the feeling you need to execute it consistently.
This post will highlight the correct technique for playing a forehand push in table tennis. I will use my own knowledge as a table tennis coach and a video featuring Alois and Jeff from PingSkills.
What Is The Forehand Push?
- The forehand push is one of the four basic table tennis strokes. The other three are the forehand drive, backhand drive and backhand push.
- The forehand push is a defensive stroke played with a small amount of backspin.
- The forehand push is usually played against short and low, backspin or float balls, although beginners that have not developed a loop (or open up shot) can play a push off a longer ball. At the intermediate stage any long balls should be attacked and any balls that are short but high should be flicked or hit.
- The forehand push is primarily played from the forehand side. Only rarely will a player play a forehand push from their backhand side.