If you haven’t checked it out yet I’m creating a database of table tennis drills. This is only my second drill but I’ll be spending the next few months building it up into a huge library of every exercise I can think of!
Today’s drill is a footwork drill and I’ve found a video of the Indian National Team training in Preston, UK, in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympics. The players are Subhajit Saha (#243) and Pathik Mehta (#NR).
The drill is five forehands; forehand from middle, forehand from backhand side, forehand from middle, forehand from backhand side, and forehand from wide forehand. This is all going into a backhand block, except for the fifth forehand which goes across the table to the blockers forehand. Then the rally goes into free play.
This is a great drill for improving your forehand drive/topspin because you get to play so many of them! It also combines a good amount of movement, both big and small sidesteps, and left to right movements.
Here are a few tips to help you with this drill;
- Give yourself plenty of space to play your forehand – If you don’t move enough and get too close to the ball it will make the shot awkward and the following movement much more difficult to get right.
- Move first, then play the stroke – This is a good general principle for all movement drills. Don’t try to play a stroke while moving. Get your feet in the right place first, briefly stop, and then play.
- Get your feet side-on for the forehand from the backhand side – As you are playing the ball into your opponents backhand you will need to get your feet right round the corner in order to play a natural shot and avoid dragging the ball into the middle of the table.
There are a number of ways you can vary this exercise;
- Change the position of the blocker and have them block with their forehand.
- Change the order of the movement. For example, forehand from wide, forehand middle, forehand from wide, forehand middle, and forehand from backhand.
- Start with a service.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this drill and the video, and if you have any questions please leave a comment below. Thanks.
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