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How to Hit Ping Pong Shots of Different Heights

Learn how to return ping pong shots of different heights from table tennis pro Tahl Leibovitz in this Howcast video.


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 What I'm gonna speak about now is the three different points on where to hit the table tennis ball. Um, when I refer to points, I refer to the distance of the ball. What that simply means is that we have one where the ball is bouncing and it's on its way up. When we have this type of ball, the ball bounces, it's on its way up, we need to use quick, fast strokes, to be able to hit that ball. Quick, fast strokes to hit that ball. The second point is when the ball is already at its highest point. So once it bounces, and it's at its highest point, we need to use a very relaxed technique and we can do many different things with the ball when it's at its highest point, we can hit different parts of the ball, we can hit the side, we can hit the top. And the third point is when the ball is on its way down. When the ball is on its way down, we need to use a large forearm movement or our hands should be moving a little bit longer because the ball is here and it's at the top and now it's falling down. And what's really important is that in these heights, when the ball is falling down we can play it at any point but we usually let it drop a little bit. Um, the three points of the ball, a lot of top players are unable to play at all three points so I would recommend that you practice these three points, you practice when the ball bounces, and it's coming up, when the ball is at its highest point and when the ball is dropping down.

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