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Forehand Smash | Table Tennis | PingSkills


Hi, I’m Alois Rosario from PingSkills. Today
we’re going to show you the forehand smash. The forehand smash is a stroke that you utilise
when the ball is up around shoulder high or higher. If the ball is lower than that then the stroke you want to be playing is the forehand topspin. Lets’ firstly have a look at the start position
for the forehand smash. As soon as you see that ball up in the air you need to get your
bat up into the start position which is around shoulder height with your bat flat facing
towards the other side of the table. Your finish position is forward in front of your
head and out towards the other person’s end of the table. One common error that I often see is that
players don’t get their feet into position when they have the time. So as that ball is
up in the air it’s really critical to get side on. If you stand square on and wait for
the ball to come to you, you’re going to end up with a really awkward smash and you’re
not going to be able to generate any power at all. During the smash it’s really important to
transfer your weight from your back leg to your forward leg. So as the ball’s in the
air you prepare yourself side on with your weight on your back leg. As you’re making
the smash you transfer your weight on to your forward leg. So from here, on to your forward
leg and that helps you to generate more power and speed with your smash. The next thing you need to think about is
the contact of the bat on the ball. So the contact needs to be really flat. If you contact
the ball in a brushing action you’re going to generate spin but you’re not going to get
as much speed so you want a nice flat contact. Another thing I often find with players when
they’re trying to smash is they often try to smash too hard. If you’re not quite in
good position you don’t have to smash the ball as hard as you possibly can. It’s OK
just to place that ball well and then wait for a better opportunity to make a faster
smash. Another thing that I see players do quite
often is start up too high and finish too low so you’re really dragging that bat down.
What’s going to happen is that you’re going to end up dragging that ball down into the
net. So make sure that your smash starts at around shoulder height and your momentum is
forward rather than down.

David Frank

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100 COMMENTS

  1. Nitya Naghera Posted on October 30, 2015 at 7:05 am

    i hit smash so ball is goes out of table

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  2. Nitya Naghera Posted on October 30, 2015 at 7:05 am

    i hit smash so ball is goes out of table

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  3. Nitya Naghera Posted on October 30, 2015 at 7:05 am

    i hit smash so ball is goes out of table

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  4. Nitya Naghera Posted on October 30, 2015 at 7:06 am

    i hit smash so ball is goes out of table

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  5. Nitya Naghera Posted on October 31, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    thank you for reply

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  6. Licht Key Posted on October 31, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    COACH, IS IT POSSIBLE TO MIX SOME SPIN FOR FOREHAND SMASH?
    PS : i am using caps lock just to get ur attention so u will reply me. new in table tennis here.

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  7. Harshith.B Gowda Posted on November 15, 2015 at 6:29 am

    sir, i hit smashes into nets
    my friend says" u hit straight nd doesnt close the face". wat to do for tat..?

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  8. Jo van Roekel Posted on November 30, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Thanks guys, I really like smashing training do you too?

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  9. Melanie Santiago Posted on December 22, 2015 at 3:35 am

    thx for teaching us man

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  10. greatEgo gaming Posted on January 20, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    i just want to share to you guys that im on a championship tomorrow and i cant believe it. i just learned from these guys. very well done.

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  11. Malak Zahid Posted on February 16, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    I get problem when u do moves on left hand I get this problem while watching

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  12. yogiyogiinfy Posted on March 10, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    I have limited skills in Table Tennis. But Thanks for these Amazing Tutorials, I am able to coach my 9 yrs old daughter. And she has improved a lot. Thank You very much for taking out the time and effort to explain TT Concepts.

    Reply
  13. Ben Thompson Posted on March 15, 2016 at 12:48 am

    So I've started playing ping pong this year, my room mate and I have played 856 games since September (to 21) and have been very even until a little while ago where he took a 32 game lead. What are some strategies I can use that will throw him off?

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  14. Shaivil Trivedi Posted on April 17, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    During the forehand smash i end up smashing the ball in the net what is the reason

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  15. William Manjarrés Posted on May 7, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Hi guys. I've seen how pro players smash a heavy backspin ball. In your videos you don't mention if the spin on the ball has to be considered for smashing it. I would guess I would have to open a little bit the bat angle? Or just play the stroke as you show us whatever the spin on the ball is?

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  16. Amir Aman Posted on May 23, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Very well explained!

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  17. Nabi Rasool Dudekula Posted on June 12, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Hi, thanks for the video, great one. I am beginner (at 40 😛) and just started on forehand smash. I am surprised on your advice on the angle of the bat; you said to hit FLAT, I feel bat should face down to earth so that ball won't travel parallel to ground where bat met ball…will be glad to see your reply on this. …Thank you in advance.

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  18. Bala Krishnan Posted on August 10, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    very helpful

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  19. Aditya Mudbidri Posted on August 15, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    very helpful and nicely explained

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  20. Rocky s Posted on September 26, 2016 at 10:47 am

    what do you do when the return lob has backspin on it?

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  21. Rye Leon Posted on September 30, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Hello PingSkills……will you guys do make how to block or ball or not?or might be you have made it?just asking.thanks

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  22. gaura varshney Posted on October 4, 2016 at 8:10 am

    he trained to good by videos

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  23. Giorgos Taktikos Posted on October 30, 2016 at 4:43 am

    very good English for me who I don't know good English.You speak slowly and the videos are helpful and interesting for me to improve my skills.

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  24. Joe Fratianni Posted on October 30, 2016 at 6:31 am

    How you keep returning the smash?

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  25. x__zeesh__x Posted on December 20, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Thank you 😌

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  26. Mac and Jack Posted on December 25, 2016 at 7:59 am

    thank you a lot

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  27. Hafiz Umair Ali Posted on January 7, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    I'm facing problem with the speed in forehand smash
    I unwillingly apply topspin to the ball while trying to smash with forehand, it is because I learned topspin first and then smashes came into play. That's why opponent gets time to direct the counter stroke. How can I rectify this problem??

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  28. Khawaja Dilawar Ahmed Posted on February 4, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    pingskills would u plz guide me about when u receive a high ball and go for forehand smash without turning your bat and keeping it flat….
    i suppose it wont touch the table and go over the head of your opponenet…
    plz do answer it would be really thankful of you.☺

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  29. Mythical Glass Posted on February 19, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Do you have a video about how to block a smash?
    Do you have a video about rally tips?because, i always lose on rallies. I have so many errors. My most common error is the no bounce, I think my hit is too strong and sometimes too weak.

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  30. Theepicgamer231 !!! Posted on February 19, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    it's called a drive

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  31. Tuna Çınar Posted on March 23, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    I will like your videos

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  32. Hafiz Umair Ali Posted on March 28, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    I've an issue with forehand.. I've just started playing table tennis a year ago…
    Whenever I try to make forehand smash, i kinda brush the ball for top spin which means i can't hit the ball flat.. That's why I lack speed in forehand smash which is definitely not good… I've tried to flatten the contact but most of the time it goes off table if I try to be more flatter..

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  33. maurice_0615 Posted on April 9, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Everytime after Jeff (you) smashes, he smiles hahahaha

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  34. pratiksha sawant Posted on April 15, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Its really amazing to know such tricks. Thanks for explaining 🙂

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  35. Prahlad Chandwaskar Posted on May 11, 2017 at 5:14 am

    It hepled me a lot

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  36. Arshit B Posted on May 17, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Awesome video

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  37. Mukesh Nahata Posted on May 17, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    sir,how do we counter a back and forehead smash

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  38. Mukesh Nahata Posted on May 17, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    sir,how do we counter a back and forehead smash

    Reply
  39. Ansh rohit Posted on June 7, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    can u make a video for forehand drive

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  40. Mayank Gupta Posted on June 15, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    please start to include contact point of racket on the ball will help a lot to give better picture as to where to hit the ball

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  41. sarthak bhat Posted on July 7, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    bro pleease say me d meaning of topspin

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  42. sarthak bhat Posted on July 7, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    d video vas super

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  43. sarthak bhat Posted on July 8, 2017 at 10:58 am

    pleease can u say ur whats app no . i have sme doubts abt table tennis. soo pleease

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  44. Just Wow Posted on July 18, 2017 at 11:10 am

    If contact is flat does that mean the ball is not spinning forward in motion at all? it looks like the smash has a brush forward motion with the bat at that angle. Looks like it's not flat at all.

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  45. Pateshwari Soni Posted on July 30, 2017 at 8:48 am

    this is a amazing technique to learn forehand smash and I like it

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  46. Moncheero Elliene Posted on August 26, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    it's 2017, im still watching all yours video ;D

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  47. Sean Arteza Posted on September 16, 2017 at 11:01 am

    THANKS SO MUCH BRO FOR THE SMASH I WON YEAHHHHH

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  48. zLucas 50 Posted on September 26, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Thanks, i hate lobbers against defensive players.

    Reply
  49. The Origami World Posted on October 6, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    So where is the door

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  50. THE RARE GAMER 95 Posted on October 23, 2017 at 5:26 am

    Thanks for this video now I can win very easily

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  51. Revati Badarayani Posted on November 2, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    This man has magic in his hands

    Reply
  52. Bakul Mondal Posted on November 25, 2017 at 9:24 am

    I don't like this, I love this. ☺

    Reply
  53. Shasank Pal Posted on December 3, 2017 at 9:14 am

    how can we serve very fast

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  54. mr somebody Posted on December 13, 2017 at 6:26 am

    increase the volume it really helps

    Reply
  55. Banner Posted on December 28, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    its pretty hard to practice when you have no one to practice with

    Reply
  56. Mr dp Posted on January 16, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    it looks really easy but difficult to implement!!!! 🙁

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  57. Naeem Akram Posted on March 30, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Hi, I'm a tall man at 6'2". How does the shoulder height rule apply in my case?

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  58. Topaz Posted on April 19, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    What are the best rackets I can get

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  59. yosif- raid Posted on May 25, 2018 at 11:39 am

    What is the best racket?

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  60. Don Frerichs Posted on June 1, 2018 at 6:45 am

    I was also told to act like I was going to catch the ball with my free hand, this would help me line up the shot.

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  61. bhanu pratap Posted on June 1, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Great teaching sir

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  62. Gauri agarwal Posted on June 11, 2018 at 6:46 am

    good but you speak a lot not play

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  63. Gauri agarwal Posted on June 11, 2018 at 6:46 am

    good but you speak a lot not play

    Reply
  64. Ravi Kanth Posted on June 17, 2018 at 5:35 am

    How to improve foot movements??

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  65. Vanilla Face Posted on July 4, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    I didn't know John Travolta was so good at ping pong

    Reply
  66. Loren Rosario Posted on July 12, 2018 at 9:36 am

    You’re gonna end up in a really awkward smash

    Me: that’s fiiiiineee i’m already awkward

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  67. Baisali Sharma Posted on July 26, 2018 at 7:49 am

    I am a table tennis player

    Reply
  68. Binni Gupta Posted on July 26, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Spin is more difficult than smash

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  69. Niru’s Channel Posted on September 1, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    1:56 ultra instinct

    Reply
  70. Pramila Lunkar Posted on September 11, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Which racquet is good under 4000k ???

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  71. Nizara Saikia Posted on September 14, 2018 at 2:07 am

    Give a video in you are using a study table and playing table tennis

    Reply
  72. M. Abdul Rehman Javaid Posted on September 16, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    Hey please tell us how to smash when the ball is at a lower height. Thumbs up if you agree

    Reply
  73. RealLifeCOG Posted on October 2, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    incredible tutorial videos man awesome they really helping my game a looooooooot

    Reply
  74. Mita Kandoria Posted on October 5, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    You are left handed? Me tooo!!!

    Reply
  75. Lemon Productions Posted on January 26, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    So I just hit it hard

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  76. Just A Dog ツ Posted on February 5, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    OMG ! We have the same racket

    Reply
  77. M. Ricky Mulaiwan Posted on April 12, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Sangat mendidik terimakasih ya pak, berkat video ini saya jadi bisa melakukan smash ke arah net

    Reply
  78. Cindy Tiew Posted on May 12, 2019 at 12:52 am

    Seems like Jeff's smash is way stronger than alois

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  79. STRATMAN firdaus Posted on May 18, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    I cant believe table tennis coaching is also on youtube. amazing thanks

    Reply
  80. STRATMAN firdaus Posted on May 18, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    what about Chinese smashes?

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  81. Marco Salazar Posted on June 21, 2019 at 6:39 am

    1:55 was legit, get fucked up on ping pong table shit.

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  82. chricelle jane dizon Posted on July 8, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Ty

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  83. Quiet Mav Posted on July 12, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Thank you for your tutorials. Me and my husband doesn’t know how to play pingpong but interested so I am looking for easy and well explained videos like this.

    Reply
  84. laxman parry Posted on July 16, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Can you make videos recently please😫🙏🙏💓

    Reply
  85. Oprea Catalin Posted on July 21, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    interviewer: what are your skills?
    this guy: 1:54

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  86. Ghostly Lynx Posted on July 29, 2019 at 8:43 am

    There must be a comment about his legs

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  87. dartme18 Posted on August 19, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    He said to hit the ball flat to avoid top spin, but when I see the demonstrations, it's obvious that there's a medium amount of top spin being applied. When the ball is hit, the bat is at an angle to impart spin. Maybe he means to keep the bat relatively flat?

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  88. risha palaran Posted on September 3, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    nive its have lesson….thankzz👍👍👍

    Reply
  89. Suhada Lombok Posted on October 11, 2019 at 12:54 am

    Terima kasih.
    Sangat membantu dalam latihan tenis meja bagi pemula.

    Reply
  90. BS Creations Posted on October 11, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    I always feel so satisfied after a smash. I feel better than eating my favourite meal.

    Reply
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