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
I'm going to demonstrate the forehand drop shot. The forehand drop shot is normally used against the high ball and chop ball. When we get a high ball what we try to do is to touch the ball very close to the bounce, very close to the table.
Thats how we drop shot the lob we just really try to touch it. This happens because you have a lot of players that move back off the table and they put the ball very high and no matter how hard you smash it they keep returning it, so you need to be able to just drop the ball like I just demonstrated. The second is very important, it's drop shot off the under spin. Now my opponent is going to serve an under spin ball and I do the same thing, I just try to keep my hand really low. So thats how we drop shot off an under spin ball. What's happening here is my hand's moving really fast. The only difference between the two shots is that when I have the under spin ball I'm moving underneath the ball and when I have the top spin ball I'm just trying to go right on top of the ball really slow. So those are the drop shots, it's very important that you pass your racket through the ball, its very important that you stay under the ball, and you try to receive it with your racket low to the table.