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Keeping the Ball Low in Table Tennis

Hi I’m Alois from PingSkills. Today we’re going to show you how to focus on keeping the ball nice and low over the net. Keeping the ball low over the next is critical in table tennis. If you put the ball up higher it’s much easier for your opponent to make an attacking stroke. To help us to focus on how high the ball is going over the net we have just rigged up this string across the net. To rig this up for yourself you just need a piece of string, two sticks, I’ve just used some plastic sticks here, and some sort of clamp to clamp them on the net. So I’ve just wrapped the string around the top of the post there and all I do is I put it up next to the net and you use the clamp to hold it on. It’s easy to alter the height of the string by just pulling the stick down lower. Using this setup is great for me practicing my serves because that string really shows me how high the ball is going over the net. It really focus my attention on that. So let’s see if I can keep the ball nice and low over the net. Now if I get comfortable with the string being that high I can adjust it so now I can just pull the stick lower and the string will come down and I will do the same on the other side and then I will see how my serving goes. Now this looks like much more of a challenge. Let’s see how I go. Now hitting the net is fine because that means that it’s quite low. Now here is a really difficult level for me to try and get through. The ball can only just fit through. Alright, let’s see how we go. This really draws your attention to keeping the ball low over the net. It’s great for improving your low short serve. This setup can also be to keep the short push low over the net. In the rally the line can be used as a guideline as to how high the ball is going over the net. As you get better you can lower the string to make it harder. Keeping the ball low and short in Table Tennis is a really technical aspect. You need to be able to change the angle very slightly to keep the ball lower or shorter. It becomes a little bit too technical. The easiest way to learn is to have something like this, a string, a target to aim at and then you start to learn the game more naturally. You will naturally start to change the angle to keep the ball low. So don’t get too caught up in the angles of your bat, just look at your target and see how you can learn. So now it’s up to you go out and find some string, some sticks and some clamps and start your practice

David Frank



  1. gimplar Posted on March 26, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Excellent as always Alois.

  2. AboveAllNations Posted on March 26, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Bizarre music at the end notwithstanding, great video.

  3. Charlie Edwards Posted on March 26, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    i gotta do that on my table

  4. DH Posted on March 26, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Whoa that's a great idea!

  5. Tomo_TV Posted on March 26, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    love this vid… one of the best

  6. stefanarak Posted on March 26, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    Hilarious! haha

  7. antmann24 Posted on March 27, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Great video as always thanks guys!

  8. FlyingTritons Posted on March 27, 2010 at 2:12 am

    Your videos keep on improving, that's awesome! Also love the musics you guys use =D

  9. slowry12 Posted on March 27, 2010 at 4:29 am

    I liked the music! I would call it a "get busy and find your string, clamps and sticks" tune.

  10. PingSkills Posted on March 27, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Hi takkyHero,

    We have a new widescreen camera that we have been using for the last few lessons. We have also been using a microphone for a while now to improve the sound quality.

  11. PingSkills Posted on March 28, 2010 at 9:34 am

    I don't have it with me at the moment but it is a Canon.

  12. magnumb3 Posted on March 28, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Teach me how to serve like that!

  13. gigantes1966 Posted on May 11, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Thanks for the video series. And a criticism on this one- namely, if I'm not mistaken, those serves are technically illegal according to the ITTF service change from around 10 years ago. Specifically, the free hand must not occupy the imaginary triangle constituted by the ball on the racket and the two end-posts of the net.

  14. CheckmateOO7 Posted on June 26, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Is this serve still allowed..? The opponent should be able to see the ball at all times during the serve, right..?

  15. Rachel Rhodes Posted on June 29, 2010 at 10:52 am

    go dandenong :):) such a nice place to play in

  16. Malabear Posted on July 17, 2010 at 1:47 am

    best instructional table tennis video on the web. please keep up the good work 🙂

  17. PingSkills Posted on October 24, 2010 at 11:34 am

    @sg12nk34 I think it is to do with the microphone we are using. I'll look into it and see if we can get this problem fixed.

  18. PingSkills Posted on November 5, 2010 at 6:36 am

    @darking797 Excellent. Playing games in training is a great way to help you focus on the skills you are trying to improve.

  19. Stefan Popov Posted on January 24, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    amazing tutorials thanks

  20. B3havior Posted on January 28, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    do you also have an advice when you play with long pimples, such as grass ultra?

  21. B3havior Posted on January 28, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    do you also have some advice when you play with long pimples such as grass ultra ?

  22. PingSkills Posted on January 29, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    @B3havior It really depends upon how you are using the long pimples. Try asking a question on our website and letting us know if you chop with the long pimples or whether you block and hit with them.

  23. Rüdiger Bumsert Posted on January 30, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    he plays with black on the forehand.

  24. Inoue Zaraki Posted on February 23, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    i think this video is one of the most useful one to me thanks:)

  25. PingSkills Posted on March 4, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    @Prototype137 Thanks! I'm glad we could help.

  26. Robert M Posted on March 9, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Can somebody say me whats the name of the serve (1:18)

  27. PingSkills Posted on March 20, 2011 at 10:53 am

    @edassery Great, I'm glad you're finding these videos useful.

  28. PingSkills Posted on March 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    @johnny89atc One of our viewers was kind enough to do them for me. I'm glad you've found them useful.

  29. Xparrows Posted on April 10, 2011 at 9:20 am

    whats the name of the song at the end of the video? The one with the dungeon feeling

  30. PingSkills Posted on April 16, 2011 at 10:56 am

    @Lexma25 I can't remember the name. The music is by Kevin MacLeod, if you search for his name on Google you might find it.

  31. Felipe Simbron Posted on May 1, 2011 at 5:00 am

    hes awesome, but im not left handed

  32. PingSkills Posted on May 4, 2011 at 10:36 am

    @5odsm The principles apply regardless of which hand you play with.

  33. Diegote Kilzi Posted on June 10, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    muchas gracias por todos los concejos y videos subidos, siempre los veo y refresco conceptos. Saludos desde Argentina. Diego.-

  34. PingSkills Posted on June 19, 2011 at 8:19 am

    @PBrudy95 We actually sell a DVD called Serving Secrets Revealed which you can purchase on our website. This will take you through how to do this serve and a lot of others.

  35. PingSkills Posted on July 1, 2011 at 11:58 am

    @CashDogga You're welcome. I'm glad you've found them useful.

  36. David Godbold Posted on July 7, 2011 at 9:30 am

    good idea,throwing the ball bac tho..he he..

  37. PingSkills Posted on July 8, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    @godbano1 Yeah, might need to work on that throw 🙂

  38. David Godbold Posted on July 8, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Hi guys,only joking.Very good vids.I have just set up a sself employed tt coach,check out my web on godboldtabletennis.co.
    Theis vid is excellent ,will use this..Seen liu guoliang do this under a bat held over the net.
    Any coaching or possibilities for tt self employment in aus…sick of this place at the min..
    keep up the good work lads..
    all the best Dave.

  39. PingSkills Posted on July 9, 2011 at 12:19 am

    @godbano1 I'm not sure of the opportunities. Your best bet would be to contact Table Tennis Australia.

  40. PingSkills Posted on September 29, 2011 at 12:05 am

    @samirtahan1 Thanks for the comment. The best thing to do is ask a question on our website as we have much more room to answer it. By short dead ball, I presume you mean a ball without and spin on it. To return this I would use the flick. We have a video on this stroke on our website. Take a look and see if it helps you out.

  41. lovemetu Posted on March 6, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Very good tips !

  42. PingSkills Posted on March 8, 2012 at 3:18 am

    @lovemetu Thanks! Make sure you checkout our website for more Table Tennis videos and information.

  43. canadausalvador98 Posted on August 10, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Hey thats Dandenong Oasis!! Just went there!!

  44. PingSkills Posted on August 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Keep working on it, you'll get it 🙂

  45. Евгений Матва Posted on October 1, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Finally appeared Russian subtitles.Thank you very much

  46. PingSkills Posted on October 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    You're welcome.

  47. Dave124345 Posted on November 13, 2012 at 4:58 am

    This is my local table tennis hall, WOO! IT'S EPOX

  48. Dave124345 Posted on November 13, 2012 at 4:59 am

    @Dave124345 epic***

  49. PingSkills Posted on December 5, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Yes! We've fixed this in our later videos so the sound comes out of both speakers.

  50. friendofronaldo7 Posted on December 19, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    1:56 that's what she said

  51. Raul Acuña Letona Posted on December 22, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Do professional players do this, or well at least they did it once in their lives?

  52. PingSkills Posted on December 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Sometimes. As they get better they don't really need the string though. As long as you play close attention to the height of the ball you can get the same results.

  53. Akshay Surya Posted on February 21, 2013 at 3:46 am

    oh man I wish I had a table tennis table….

  54. Bull Tek Posted on April 14, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Oh my god i love that sound of the ball hitting on the table . I wish i had one.

  55. yeboy1 Posted on July 1, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    he looks like rob schneider…nice vid anyway. been playing table tennis since grade school.

  56. bedolazezo mahmoud Posted on September 15, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    in 3:14 jeff's thump is over the back side of the paddle the same way the index is right?

  57. Gustav Mårdby Posted on January 31, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    swedish subtitles? X)

  58. HappyBurgerGames Posted on March 8, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    my left ear enjoyed that XD

  59. lalu adi Posted on July 28, 2014 at 5:16 am

    +pingSkills yeah…

  60. 7aSSo0oN Posted on November 21, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Hey guys ,,,
    What about Arabic subtitle?
    Its realy gonna help us , coz i only understand by watching .

    So if there Arabic subtitle , much easier. .

    Thanks for the great work !

  61. Ramy Aydarous Posted on November 16, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Hitting the watch at each serve draws all my attention 🙂 Thank you for your videos…

  62. Brendan Ho Posted on November 18, 2015 at 11:15 am

    was this at dandenong?

  63. [VX] Fury Posted on December 14, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    I have a question,
    when you serve if the ball hits the tip of the net is it net replay?

  64. Andy Nguyen-Huynh Posted on January 22, 2016 at 3:56 am

    Another question Ping Skills! I was wondering if someone did a short heavy side spin how do you return that?

  65. Men will be Men Posted on August 3, 2016 at 6:53 am

    this is awesome

  66. Sushil Singhal Posted on August 4, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    it needs practise

  67. Gaurav Mishra Posted on August 17, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Sir I'm practicing hard but sir really confused for shots like forehand backswing as I'm a pen hold player.
    Your tips are perfect, perfect enough to master the skill but still need assistance in playing with a penhold style

  68. Priyanshu Barnwal Posted on October 1, 2016 at 9:02 am

    plz suggest me a good table tennis racquet under 1000 which can be used to spin and hit powerful shots

  69. Ivan Grimm Posted on October 15, 2016 at 1:20 am

    I will defiantly try this trick with the string. It looks like a great idea.

  70. Gregg the Square Peg Posted on October 27, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    These early videos had some real crazy music during the outro. Very dramatic 🙂

  71. ChazKing Posted on December 5, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    can this work with the pendelum serve? i mean, its tricky to do so its hard to add enough spin AND make sure its low

  72. Nikolas Owen Posted on March 17, 2017 at 10:46 am

    coach do you have a video about your serve?

  73. Integrated Paintmaster Posted on March 28, 2017 at 6:56 am

    frankly speaking, ive been watching your videos for couple years and today i'm still watching it! you guys are my teacher virtually that help me a lot in improving my table tennis playing. Great work! i wish i could meet you guys one day.

    Greeting from Malaysia

  74. Afdhal Arif Posted on April 20, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    please suggest me good racket for beginner level in Malaysia?

  75. GOYASWAG Posted on June 7, 2017 at 2:47 am

    Why can I only hear this through my left ear?

  76. Ikrimah sherlock alaios Brown Posted on November 29, 2017 at 11:58 am

    in service its a foul to hit the net
    so try not to get used to hitting the net while serving

  77. KH.KH. 03 Posted on April 14, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    a moment of silence for all of those who went for the comments to see if he/she is the only one who didnt hear him in the video
    (btw i also checked in the comments xd)

  78. tripleustudios Posted on June 19, 2019 at 4:30 am

    crikey! sum good shet rite hea mate!!

  79. Denise Wang Posted on October 20, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    Where is the technique? This is how to measure.