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“Footwork Pattern” in Table Tennis (Part 1)

Welcome to the channel of coach EmRatThich. Today is our Ping Sunday. First of all, I
want to thank “Mervyn” who has designed this amazing intro-video. He also designed the
new banner for our YouTube channel. The number one focus in Chinese table tennis
is footwork. Your footwork should be
“quick” and “precise”. I have shown to you the “ladder drills” to
train quick footwork. Today, you will learn the 4 fundamental “footwork
patterns” that you should follow to have the “precise” movement. Korean, Japanese and Chinese players train
footwork a lot. For example, this drill helps
you to increase the response rate of the muscle receptors. The muscle spindle
receptors and Golgi tendon organs all send information about the state of the muscle
to the central nervous system. All muscles, with the exception of extraocular
and facial musculature, contain these types of receptors. Golgi tendon organ senses muscle
tension and the rate of change of muscle tension, which is very important in table
tennis. “Footwork pattern” in table tennis
You have known the methods to improve the agility of your footwork. Now, you must
learn the optimal way to move and position your legs, it’s called “footwork patterns”. Some players asked me “I play very well in
the training, but in the real match, I play badly, I miss the ball, and can’t attack the
ball”. There are many reasons for that. The
main reason is, for the amateur player, they don’t know how to move after the service. You should move to the optimal position right
after your service. One of the biggest
mistakes during training is people groove their Forehand topspin with their feet
planted like trees in one place. So in the real match, they don’t know how
to move, and can’t play efficiently. “Footwork pattern” for Forehand service If you use the Forehand serve, you stand close
to the table. After your service, you
need to get into the ready position to attack the next ball as soon as possible. The
first “footwork pattern” is called “2 steps pattern”, composed of “1 big step of the
right foot”, and “a small jump of both feet”. The “big step” quickly change the service
stance to the ready stance. And the “small jump” adjusts your feet and
your body to the coming ball. Use “2 STEPS PATTERNS” to quickly come back
to the ready position after your service. If you use more than 2 steps (3-4 steps) to
come back to the ready position, you are too slow. Reduce to the “2 steps pattern”. If you use 0 step (just stay at the same
position after the service), then you can’t attack the next ball. This position is too close
to the table so you need to step back. Want to know how many steps you use after
the service? Easy, take your iPhone and film yourself in
the real match. “Footwork pattern” for
Backhand service You normally stand at the middle of the table
for your Backhand service. You need also
quickly come back to the ready position after this service. Use the “2 steps pattern”,
move your left foot forward as the big step, and the small jump of the both feet as the
small step. The advantage of Forehand serve is: many variation
and deceptive spin. The advantage
of Backhand serve is: quickly recover to the ready position. Using the backhand serve,
you don’t need to step back a lot like the forehand serve. If you have a slow footwork,
use more backhand serve in your match. The reason why the Chinese players are so
quick is they always come back to the ready position after the shot. They prepare in advance. They always make the “little jump” to
adjust to the next ball. This “small jump” is another example of “micro-adjustment”
I’ve talked before, which decide the quality of the player. Some players just step back but forget the
small jump. This “small step” is very
important, and to do that efficiently, you should move on your toe, but not on your
heel. Look at this coach, she steps back right after
her service, makes a little jump, forehand topspin, and immediately, make another
small jump to equilibrate and prepare for the next shot. Look at this coach, she steps back right after
her service, makes a little jump, forehand topspin, and immediately, make another
small jump to equilibrate and prepare for the next shot. You can clearly see that the center of the
gravity is transferred from the right foot to the left foot during the forehand
topspin. For the backhand topspin, the center of the
gravity is in the middle, the legs are parallel, but you should also make the small
steps. After your shot, you need
come back to the ready position. To the return the ball at your wide side,
you should use also the “2 steps pattern”, put
your right foot forward, lean your body, return the ball and quickly come back to the
ready position. Remember: Keep your elbow close to the body. That’s the foot will make you get into
the position, but not the forearm. Some players just stand at the same position
and put the elbow forward, this way will decrease
the consistency of your shot. The stroke
mechanism should be the same at any position on the table, use only the footwork to
move. So today, we have discovered the first footwork
pattern in table tennis: the “2 steps patterns”. This pattern should be used after your service,
or after your service-return. It consists of one big step and a small jump. That it’s for today, see you next weekend.

David Frank



  1. Francisco Padilla Posted on May 7, 2017 at 8:45 pm


  2. der.Wernaa Posted on May 7, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    wow 🤤💫 really amazing intro 💪 in of the best ive ever seen👍

  3. Slavian Hristov Posted on May 7, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    You deserve much more viewers, you are great! Keep up the great work!

  4. Salvador Miralla Posted on May 7, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Thumbs up!

  5. sukaasih bobojong Posted on May 7, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    emrathich,,as always, my favourite 🙂

  6. Recanter C Posted on May 7, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Excellent tutorial! I love the music too 😀 Thanks for the upload!

  7. Lakshya Dwivedi Posted on May 8, 2017 at 12:48 am

    exelent work coach

  8. Haris Kriještorac Posted on May 8, 2017 at 1:38 am

    I notice many amateur players stand too close to the table after they serve. The small jump sounds interesting, I noticed the professional players do it. I thought it would be a waste of energy for me, but will give it a try.

  9. fifi hafifah Posted on May 8, 2017 at 2:40 am

    thank u for the all coaching you gave us…it help me a lot as a amateur player

  10. Dima Shevchenko Posted on May 8, 2017 at 5:02 am

    Thank you for answering my question. Now I will have to try it

  11. Victor Yanase Posted on May 8, 2017 at 5:07 am

    Wow, great lesson! Thanks again coach! 🙂

  12. Woon Posted on May 8, 2017 at 7:22 am

    finally thank you!

  13. phaniraj patel Posted on May 8, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Hello emrathich, I love the way you spread training in your own unique way. I don't find any problems in understanding you although you've a chinese english accent. So, going forward can you please omit the text in your videos which is occupying 50% of screen space and is little deviating from the content which actually begs more focus. Again, stupendous work. Thanks.

  14. Dima Shevchenko Posted on May 8, 2017 at 7:36 am

    I have so many questions in table tennis. You are answering one of them minimum in each video. Thank You. Since I started watch you I have become much better

  15. Dima Shevchenko Posted on May 8, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Can you tell me some more minor adjustments?

  16. Oxidh Dazoth Posted on May 8, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Hey ! The new intro is really nice !

  17. Sufyan Uxmani Posted on May 8, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Awesome technique…. Definitely going to practice this.

  18. Oz Zehavi Posted on May 8, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Hi coach! First i want to thank you for all your proffesional videos. You helped me so much in the past year and with your tips i improved very fast in compare to the other years (im 13 and im playing 4 years). Keep making videos and creat, im sure im not the one only one that you are help you. Thanks!

  19. jono2154 Posted on May 8, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    That was brilliant thank you!!!! really enjoyed it. My juniors were struggling with that movement. That was very good!!

  20. maurice_0615 Posted on May 8, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Quality is improving! I'm very happy with your channel, because my dream is to get high up

  21. CORPSE REANIMATED Posted on May 8, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    you are amazing!!! Can you pls recommend me a rubber. I am an offensive penhold player. Can you recommend me a tensor rubber?

  22. EmRatThich Table Tennis Coach Posted on May 8, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Special thanks to Mervyn! We have a new look, new banner, new icon! So professional!
    There is still another 3 "Footwork Pattern", want to know all of these? Click the "SUBSCRIBE" button!

  23. hendra lie Posted on May 9, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Thank you. thank you. what meaning of "emratthich" ?? thank you.

  24. Khai Pham Posted on May 9, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Very good lesson. Always good tips. Thank you

  25. Daniel Cordero Corchero Posted on May 10, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Hi coach, i've recently bougth a hurricane 3 neo from China and i've been using it just in a session and it looks like is a shit of rubber but it isn't fake because I veryfied the code. Why is this happenning? this

  26. Rhitwick Mookherjee Posted on May 11, 2017 at 12:09 am

    excellent video . when are the next 3 parts coming out ?

  27. Connor Magatogia Posted on May 11, 2017 at 8:08 am

    amazing work coach thanks!

  28. themyii Posted on May 12, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    I dont get it, you say like 1 month, or more, ago you'r gonna make a video about equipement with the new plastic ball. Still no video about it. You obviously try to improve your channel but you dont make this video. Their is absolutely no video about it on Youtube.

  29. CookieRedstone Posted on May 12, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    I have an Android phone, I can't film myself then?

  30. Oxidh Dazoth Posted on May 13, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Hey emrat thich ! After you finished your videos on the footwork, i just wanted ti say that i would be really interested in a video about the distance from the table( when i should be far away or get closer ti the table etc.) see you next sunday:)

  31. 쏘가리의 핑퐁라이프 Posted on May 14, 2017 at 2:55 am

    who is she?
    china coach

  32. Luciano Thomé Fernandes Posted on May 14, 2017 at 3:57 am

    Hello ,
    What you think about this equipment:

    Blade: Stiga Eternity VPS V – http://www.tabletennis11.com/other_eng/stiga-eternity-vps-v
    Rubber FH: DHS Hurricane III – http://www.tabletennis11.com/other_eng/dhs-hurricane-3
    Rubber BH: Xiom Omega V Europe – http://www.tabletennis11.com/other_eng/xiom-omega-v-europe

  33. Njoo Harun Posted on May 14, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    I've already tried this and make my performance better…Before I know about this pattern, I usually stand up like a tree and difficult to attack, and missed the ball frequently.. and can't attack with my FH … You're right, thanks . and I'm waiting for next 2 other pattern….

  34. HyperNemesis Posted on May 15, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Excellent video. Many thanks for the coaching tips!

  35. sohan THUMMALA Posted on May 15, 2017 at 9:12 am

    can you make a video about how to lob the ball consistently

  36. Oshin B Posted on May 15, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    amazing , keep making such awesome videos @emrathich

  37. Isiaka Bashir Posted on May 15, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Thank EMRat for all

  38. Charley Tran Posted on May 16, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Great video. foot work is definitely one of my main weaknesses. I've always identified it but never knew how to attack the problem.

  39. Aayush Koli Posted on May 18, 2017 at 11:51 am

    thank you EmRatThich gaming TT coach. Your videos really help me to make my game get better.😊

  40. igor goga Posted on May 21, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Can you pls upload all other footwork patterns, please

  41. TheChrisinger Posted on May 21, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Good content, I didn't like the music though

  42. Life is Musicz Posted on May 25, 2017 at 6:13 am

    Coach, I can't predict or read the attacks or the fast returns of my opponents. Due to this I am not able to hit the ball so precisely or can't defend the attack of my opponent. Coach, Can you please give me some tips regarding my gameplay????

  43. igor goga Posted on May 29, 2017 at 12:44 am

    where is the part 2, pls? You are absolutely great!

  44. Amarjyoti Roy Chowdhury Posted on June 5, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Hello Coach, Great video on footwork. You suggested to film oneself using iPhone. Could you please share some thoughts on how to record my own video using my phone?

  45. schlonz75 Posted on June 7, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Hey Coach. First of all I wanted to thank you for your effort in doing such thorough videos. I have already got some new insights for myself and the people I train.
    I have only just one proposal to improve your channel: Please put a link to the video if you are referring to another video, so the viewers can follow up easily.
    For example in this particular lesson you talked about the "ladder drills" you already have shown (at 0:30). If you put a link to that lesson in the description, it would be much easier to quickly find it.
    Thank you and keep up the great work. You have my follow 🙂

  46. Ver Salamante Posted on June 14, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks for your videos coach ERT!..I love how you explain and present your videos..More Power to You..Best Regards – Ver Salamante of Jeddah Pongers Table Tennis Club

  47. Peter Snizek Posted on August 28, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    exactly what I was looking for 🙂

  48. Taha Hamad Posted on September 12, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Wooo amazing and astonishing video . Thanks from my heart coach

  49. Taha Hamad Posted on September 12, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    I gonna recommend your channel on YouTube for all my friends. 👌👌👌👌👌

  50. Mak Posted on October 31, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    3:39 Now I know why I'm bad at table tennis: I don't have an iPhone

  51. Pankaj Thakur Posted on January 17, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Sir your coaching is best ever I have seen on youtube…keep doing this …you are great….!!

  52. N1TR0_ 54MMY Posted on January 24, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Thank you I have learned many things not like in my other trainings keep up the good work

  53. Black Horse Posted on March 3, 2018 at 11:48 am

    in forehand serve pattern the coach use her right leg to move while her left leg just turn, but top Chinese players use their left foot to move first

  54. dongwon han Posted on March 29, 2018 at 8:19 am

    thank you. I wii train perfectly.

  55. Liam Cannon Posted on May 27, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    About how far should you be from the table after the small jump ? Also , amazing video !

  56. Anchima Goyal Posted on June 4, 2018 at 12:02 am

    excellent coaching techniques

  57. chethan kumar Posted on June 11, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Coach thank u for the information but I want to ask ask something that is I often miss the ball in forehand while switching from backhand to forehand

  58. Ramesh Vardhan Posted on August 15, 2018 at 9:52 am

    I appreciate your step by step NATATION , I am watching it carefully each and every word . I used play table tennis from 1978 to 85, almost daily for 2 hours From the age of 18 years to 25 . With out any couch / trainer. When ever get a chance I play , provided I come across a relatively good player. Since one week I am playing with my son who completed his 15 birthday on 09-08-2018. He is HEALTHY, athelics and quick at learning . He played Tennis for almost 5 years. He stopped it due lack of compitators in a place we live.( A place with out much of sporting activities). Now I got an opportunity close to the house to play TT with my son . I am following your guidance and helping him play better TT. Thanks a lot for your coaching classes. EmRat Thich. My name is Dr Ramesh Vardhan. From India

  59. djfunkychicken Posted on September 14, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    " The point of control/contact must also be at the bodies most balanced point in order to the execute technique with max effect. "
    It doesn't matter about any hop, skip or jump, heel or toe !! Footwork patterns will decrease your rate of improving timing
    I don't intend to be rude or upset anyone but this is simple sports biomechanics. Something I know well and footwork at a "fundamental level" does not exist!
    ROBOT table tennis machine is bolted to the ground.. Therefore you cannot "teach" an unknown individual variable
    SPEED is a necessity..  However it's having body position and being BALANCED for the point of contact is the MOST CRITICAL factor
    Djokovic slides on concrete with his legs in the splits position.. his purpose is to get his body position to a BALANCED contact point
    A boxer has to find a way to UNBALANCE his opponent.. at the Point of CONTACT.
    Soccer player dribbles past players UNBALANCING them at the point of body direction or ball contact. 
    This is and still will be my favourite youtube channel for table tennis. Always Fantastic videos.. even tho on this topic I dissagree