Coach CornerFootworkfootwork-problem
lem496 asked 3 years ago

Hey Guys,
I’m having a problem with my footwork. The best way to describe it is that I just don’t get the short hop thats executed right after hitting the ball. Moving side to side, forward and back I get but this “little hop” evades me. My new coach says this little hop is the key to relaxing and preparing you to move into position for the next shot.  She is adamant   until I get this there is little chance I will progress. A perfect example of what I am talking about is Dans footwork on the new video “Shared Backhand Stability Drill” at the 1 minute 10 second mark. Any help with this problem and how to correct it will be greatly appreciated. btw thanks to you guys and Coach Guan I finally finished 2nd place and took home a trophy in last months tournament. Of course Coach Guan said if I got this  short hop down  I’d have taken home the first place trophy. : / 
Any help with this problem, including drills or exercises would be greatly appreciated.
Welcome back and as usual stay safe,

3 Answers
Dan Academy Coach answered 3 years ago

Hey Lem, I think this type of thing with improvements in your footwork needs time to make a new habit with lots of focus of course on footwork. So to improve anything with feet movement you need to keep the ball in play so either multi ball where the mistakes don’t cause the rally to break down,or playing very simple and regular footwork drills, just looking for consistent shots allowing you to focus on the feet movement.

It will take time to get this movement built into your gane but really there aren’t any shortcuts apart from working on quicker feet a lot to be fair. Give it time and keep working hard on it!


replied 3 years ago

Thanks for the quick response
it’s weird I watched a video of me playing, there are times I just literally forget to move. I’ve been told that one simple move is the key to unlocking my potential.

stevecromb answered 3 years ago

Thanks for the advice Dan, tennis players use a movement called split step, it sounds similar. Multi ball is great for this to..

Dan Academy Coach answered 3 years ago

No problem, footwork can take time to get right for sure. It’s easy to focus so much on the shots and getting those right that you forget to get the feet moving and stay active between shots which can really help recovery.

To view coach responses you need to become a member of the TableTennisDaily Academy.
To view coach responses you need to upgrade your account.

My Profile

  • You are not logged in.