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How to move in table tennis like a pro

Welcome back to the channel of EmRatThich. This is the private recording of Fan
Zhendong and Zhang Jike in World Championship Paris. This view angle is very
interesting because you can see how top players move after serving. You can see that Fan Zhendong moves away after
serving in 3 steps. These 3 steps are
very important because they want to quickly get into the optimal position right after
the serve. Amateur players don’t know how to move after
serving, and stay very close to the table. And amateur players therefore can not attack
the next ball correctly, because they are too close to the table. The optimal distance you need to move is about
40-50 cm away from the table (the length of your
arm). If you don’t move away correctly, you won’t
have enough time to prepare for your stroke to attack the next ball. That’s the main reason that some amateur players
just stand there after their serve, and push the
next ball, even for the long ball. Zhang Jike also moves away in 3 steps. Can you see that? First, he puts his left foot forward to the
table. And stomps slightly at the moment he
contacts the ball. This action has 2 purposes: First, to hide
the sound of the serve. Because by hearing the sound of the serve,
you can estimate if the serve is spinny or not. Second by putting his left foot farther, he
also rotates his body to prepare for the next step. Second step: He used his left foot to push
to the ground and jump back. This is
important to remember: That is your left foot will push you far away. I’ve seen some
players used the wrong foot. They use the right foot first to move. But it’s wrong! Last step: After using left foot to push to
the ground and jump back. The last step is
a “quick jump” step to ajust to the incoming ball. For the quick jump step, you should
use both right foot and left foot to jump. You can clearly see that Zhang Jike used a
lot of force from his left foot to push the body back. Now let’s film yourself playing after the
serve, and you can see the huge difference. This is how an amateur moves after serving. This is totally wrong. His left foot stays
at the same position. He miss step 1 (left foot forward) and step
2 (jump back). He
just rotates his body, and the right foot moves first (Wrong). The correct way is your left foot should push
to the ground and jump back first. Because he didn’t move away correctly, his
Forehand topspin is bad. He contacts
the ball too far from the body. The blue guy even doesn’t move after his serve. So he has a terrible habit for his backhand
topspin. Let’s compare 2 versions: Zhang Jike’s footwork Amateur footwork I really enjoy watching table tennis match
at the side like this. Because we can learn
many things from this angle: footwork, spin, optimal distance, the contact timing. Now I let you enjoy the match.

David Frank



  1. CB Posted on August 7, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Like if u love Coach EmratTich

  2. Rapid Spectre Posted on August 7, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Thanks coach ur great

  3. TheOneWhoKnows Nothing Posted on August 7, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Thank you very much coach it is very useful information after serve, after first bouncing ZJK moves one step further, after second bouncing he move one step back it is very useful 😏

  4. piotrek13101980 Posted on August 7, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Great video EmRatThich ! Could you also show us how to move lateral?

  5. Dieter Verhofstadt Posted on August 7, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Most of us know step 2 & 3, like amateur in the movie, but we indeed use our left foot only to rotate about and don't make step 1 to gain momentum for step 2.

  6. Abhinav Mallick Posted on August 7, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Pls reply my email coach

  7. Kashmira Patel Posted on August 7, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Please give a nice technique to return a half long ball. When I try to hit that ball my rubber tears off.

  8. Ivan Chan Posted on August 7, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Great tips, I think I'll try that next time. Am I the only one getting out off by the umpires tie? Haha

  9. Livjeet Kaur Posted on August 7, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    hi friends and coach….I am from India…I am using joola flame Xtreme blade with FH rubber 729trcend and BH rubber joola badman reloaded1.4 …… actually I face some problem with back hand when ever I chop ball never goes close to the net it always on high bounce and opponent has easy chance to hit any where….. this problem I face since ball has change…nd also want to speed up my forhand so plz coach recommend me s good long pimple rubber which work great on plastic ball….and any forhand rubber for speed up……..plz reply as soon as possible bcz next month I have a competition so I need a great combo plz coach help me and solve my problem

  10. Livjeet Kaur Posted on August 7, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    coach plz reply as soon as possible I m waiting….

  11. Coach Peter S Posted on August 7, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    You are one of the best coaches in the inernet.Very good

  12. FerJaSo Posted on August 7, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    nice vid ERT, sometimes when i see a match i feel like i m blind, it's different from a coach perspective than just amateur players, ty 4 pointing out and keep adding more vid with analysis like this one

  13. Oxidh Dazoth Posted on August 7, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    when you realize that fan zhendong is only 16 years old on this video…

  14. ulm287 Posted on August 7, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    love this video great job
    never noticed this in my game
    keep it up 🙂

  15. Flow Keep Posted on August 7, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    I never thought of this. I think it can be applied immediately to my game without much effort.
    I expect my performance will be better since I have not been able to handle the sudden attack of my service from the opponent.

  16. Alfred W.F Posted on August 7, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    This is In Pai coach ?

  17. Injured TableTennisPlayer Posted on August 7, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Huge video. How about footwork on the return?

  18. Moon Bilguun Posted on August 8, 2017 at 12:02 am

    3:40 watching that backhand on loop was painful

  19. You Tube Posted on August 8, 2017 at 3:49 am

    sir , we are waiting for the " in pai " concept

  20. Eisenhower Yu Posted on August 8, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    man i love you coach. keep it coming! haha

  21. Laurent Duvernet Posted on August 8, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Great video, very instructive! Thank you coach!

  22. Cesar Gonzalez Posted on August 9, 2017 at 7:04 am

    THANK YOU so much for this video!

  23. _1.mp3 Posted on August 10, 2017 at 6:17 am

    can you do a video on racket assembly please?

  24. Lan Andrian Posted on August 10, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Hello coach, why do some players stomp their feet when they serve? Thank you.

  25. Suds TT Posted on August 10, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    I think this habit of not applying the right footwork & depth of play can be an unfortunate learned play style based on your facility. A lot of people grow up playing in garages, basements, etc where it's impossible to play off the table. Just look at the amateur video pointed out here. Those guys couldn't move off the table if they wanted to.

  26. Illuminati Banana Posted on August 10, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    can you explain how is the correct way to it forehand from forehand corner to backhand corner

  27. Syan Posted on August 10, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    coach emratthich when playing table tennis do you loop kill every ball? or do you do slow loop and then kill?

  28. Andy Posted on August 12, 2017 at 4:45 am

    Compare the empty space…

  29. Georgi Dragomirov Posted on August 12, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Hi ERT, When I was kid we were training in Bulgaria. We win few gold medals and then i stop for 13 years. Now i'm 31 and starting again in different club. The coach here notice in my first game that my right leg is forward on the backhand and tell me that i have good backhand but bad footwork. I'm trying to change it now, but I'm more focused on my footwork then the game and make mistakes. Is it too late to change now? Any tips?

  30. what a video Posted on August 14, 2017 at 1:20 am

    hello coach and thanks a lot for your awesome videos,they were very helpful to me. Well I play with (butterfly tamka 5000 blade),(donic coppa Jo platin rubber) on forehand, and(yasaka mark 5 rubber) on backhand,and the backhand rubber is not supporting me to play offensive. So can you suggest me a rubber and please tell some of the strategies for a left handed offensive player.

  31. michaelangelu Posted on August 15, 2017 at 7:52 am

    i think adding in the analysis of the amateur player makes this video GOLD. because without your analysis, i bet most people would think that those players are pretty decent and not see all the mistakes being made that you bring up. the comparison between amateur/pro and the breakdowns really improve learning and make the channel amazing. great! keep doing it for every TT technique 🙂

  32. yuan yuan Posted on August 15, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Very good, very helpful!

  33. hartmetall Posted on August 15, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Copying the style of 2 of the most extreme athletes probably won't work as well for mere mortals.
    The pro serves are used to allow a moderate attack.For the majority of players it would IMO be better to look at what women are doing.
    Here's a link
    to some former stars playing: 4fMtHKk4xd8.

  34. nuri demir Posted on August 20, 2017 at 9:48 am

    wonderful video please go on  comparative video like this…we love you emratthich

  35. CG SS Posted on August 23, 2017 at 2:05 am

    Very insightful. Thank you.

  36. KNB1080p Posted on November 2, 2017 at 7:02 am

    This video has not given me the steps of how to move, it only showed me people moving

  37. mahesh hegde Posted on November 12, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Hi coach I love your vids. I had a question -is it good to keep doing small jumps during a match like a boxer to quickly jump and adjust to the opponents shot to hit a good shot.

  38. Anupam Pandey Posted on December 27, 2017 at 3:40 am

    Why this 2 players are rubbing table after each point

  39. zayn vader Posted on January 29, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Omg, these guys are just having some fun time in their mom's basement 😀

  40. Andy Zhao Posted on February 22, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    3:25 You said that his forehand topspin is bad because he contacts the ball too far from the body, but Xu Xin's killer forehand uses almost a full extension of his arm…

  41. Mohamed Abdelaal Posted on April 10, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Thank you for all videos, but if the opponent return my serve short ?

  42. Richard J Posted on August 10, 2018 at 6:13 am

    That was a great video on footwork after the serve!!!

  43. DyaVictor Posted on November 20, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    Thank you for wonderful video! I have also noticed, that after banana flick Fan Zhendong immediately jumps back. This is also great lesson for me. Without your view I would never have noticed these details.

  44. Kevin spacey Posted on November 24, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    Now can u explain how to play like the garage guys

  45. Zazen forever Posted on December 29, 2018 at 2:03 am

    Thats interesting, especially when you watch the female pros who appear to stand right at the table. Mima Ito does not seem to move at all away from the table.