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How to Do a Forehand Push in Table Tennis aka Ping Pong

Learn how to do a forehand push from table tennis pro Tahl Leibovitz in this ping pong video from Howcast.


My name is Tahl Leibovitz and I'm here at SPiN, New York. I am a professional table tennis player who has been competing internationally since 1995. I am here today to speak to you about the intermediate and beginner aspects of the Olympic sport of table tennis. Ok, right now I'm gonna demonstrate the forehand push. This is a stroke that's usually used to receive service, but its very important that we need to push with the forehand. And what's really important is variation. A lot of players, they push and they have one motion and one speed on the ball. What's important is to try to do three different speeds. What that means is that we push the ball one way like this, which I'll demonstrate, one is no spin, and the other is sort of a light underspin. And the way it is is we try to keep our elbow low to the table. We try to pass the ball using our wrists over here. This is sort of the stroke. Now, when we want to make underspin, we try to move our racket faster when we get closer to the ball, so we can make that sort of spin. When we want to make no spin, we don't really move our racket fast, we sort of just move it really slow. When we wanna make a little bit of underspin, we move our racket just a little bit faster. So it's really important to vary the ball when you play table tennis. And that means sometimes you need to push heavy spin, sometimes no spin, sometimes light spin, so these are really really really important points in table tennis. So we're sort of here, and we just push the ball, just like this. This is forehand push, just like that.

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