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Practice Table Tennis Drills Alone: Without the table

Welcome to the channel of coach EmRatThich. Today is the Ping Sunday. I will
show you the best way to practice alone without the table. You will
understand more about which muscle that the Chinese focus the most in
table tennis training. Life is Musicz asked “I don’t have a serious
table tennis partner. Can you
make a video on practising alone as per chinese philosphy”. Table tennis is the game of coordination. You need to move and to incorporate
the movement of your body to make a stroke. That’s why you should train with
the table and with a partner. For some reasons, that you want to practice
alone. Practicing alone without the table will not
improve your coordination. However, by
practicing alone, you can develop the 2 important aspects of table tennis. Chinese philosophy about the physical training
in table tennis focuses on the lower part of the body. The most important muscle groups are the back,
the hip (waist) and the leg. Xu Xin has answered in the interview that,
for him, the back muscle is the most important in table tennis. You can see that this Chinese player is training
the back and the hip muscle. His
legs are kept fix. He uses mainly the hip to generate the power. Chinese
philosophy considers the hip as the connection of the 2 body parts: lower part to
generate power, and upper part to transfer the power. If you have to practice alone, you should
focus on these muscles. The stronger
these muscles are, the quicker you get into the position, and your strokes will be
more powerful. Again, you can see that this player focus
on the muscle of the leg and the back. He holds the tool with his forearm, and then
use the body to generate the power. His elbow is very close to the body. This training will increase
the power of his forehand topspin attack because it shares the same stroke
mechanism. And this training will improve the power of
his backhand topspin far from the table. He focuses mainly on the rotation of the body. This is the way, the Chinese
players add the power to all of the strokes. They focus on several muscle groups,
the back, the hip, the abdomen. The forearm is the part of the upper limb
between the elbow and the wrist. Because
the backhand stroke is the quick stroke, so you should train also the forearm muscle. It’s like you take out the sword. This action will increase the explosiveness
of your backhand close to the table. So the first aspect you can practice alone
without the table is the physical strength of the lower part of your body. The second aspect is the “explosiveness” and
the “precision”. This is the best example of “explosiveness”. Many players focus only on pulling back
the racket before hitting the ball but don’t know how to “accelerate” correctly. Look at
this Chinese player. He puts his racket on the ball, no need to
pull the racket back, and suddenly generate a lot of power to the
ball. Where does this power come from? It doesn’t come from his forearm, but it comes
from the rotation of his body. Now you understand more what I’ve said in
my previous videos: “Power from the ground. That’s your body (waist) will generate most
of the power, the forearm is only a tool to transfer this power”. This is the secret of Chinese table tennis
techniques, they found the way to increase the stroke power
in the shorter amount of time. Because
the waist muscle is much stronger and quicker than the forearm muscle. This Chinese player is indeed a very good
player. His stroke is powerful and of course,
his ball is very spinny and fast. Because “explosiveness” and “acceleration”
is the main reason that makes the ball spin. Not many players know that a table tennis
stroke has 3 phases: slow (relax), acceleration (explode), and slow (recovery). This is the best way that our muscle
compacts it’s energy and then release it suddenly. Look at this player, the
explosiveness of his stroke is very good. It happens in a fraction of a second. So if you do your stroke in a linear way,
without “acceleration”, it’s not good. You should change it, do your stroke in 3
phases. You can also clearly see
the technique of this player: his elbow is very close to the body. He lowers his
center of the gravity, and use the waist to generate the power. You can also practice the “precision” by focusing
the moment you hit the ball. Prepare well before hitting is the key to
avoid missing the ball. The weight
transfer between the left and right foot is also very important. You should
memorize this mechanism because it’s fundamental in table tennis. To improve your table tennis techniques, you
should repeat the training every day. Repetition is the only way to change your
bad habit, to correct your stroke. I recommend you compare this technique with
your videos, you will clearly see the huge different. You hit with only one phase without
“acceleration”, and this Chinese guy hit with 3 phases. That’s it for today. Hope you enjoy the video. See you next weekend.

David Frank



  1. Jhon Mendoza Posted on April 17, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Amazing Good !!! Thank You !!! Yes please what is the name of the equipment..? I want it!

  2. EmRatThich Table Tennis Coach Posted on April 17, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    HAPPY Easter 2017. Today is Monday, it's late for the Ping Sunday. Because I'm too busy with my kids, so I publish the PingSunday one day late.Hope you enjoy it.

  3. Chamnab Kong Posted on April 17, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Amazing video thanks

  4. gilberto yaxcal Posted on April 17, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    can/should attack the second ball, I feel this video es half of the answer, THANKS

  5. Adinda Cakraningrat Posted on April 17, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Thanx good video Coach

  6. Luciano Esposito Posted on April 17, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    the first exercises (min. 1.11 ) is very bad for the lower part of the back, the position is wrong, the eyes are to watch up, not the floor, when you do phisical exsercises that involved the back is very very important to know well how do it  or you will cause injury

  7. Stallion Media Posted on April 17, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Where can you get this spring the player uses at the end of the video?

  8. Suds TT Posted on April 17, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    What is that spin tester the guy is using? Do you think he made that is or is a product like that available for purchase?

  9. Clifton Ezekiel Posted on April 17, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    whats the name of the tool at 3:10

  10. Nikola Georgiev Posted on April 17, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Just what I needed <3 <3 Thank you a lot ^_^

  11. ONEDEADLYVENOM Posted on April 17, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Thank you coach I've been following your videos for awhile now. Your insight is ABSOLUTELY LOVED AND APPRECIATED PLEASE CONTINUE THE GREAT WORK😊. What the name of the tool used at 3:10 to do the spin testing and where can we purchase it. I think that by itself is a game changer for anyone trying to get better in the game. Please inform us dear sir.

  12. Laiman Akhiri Posted on April 17, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    My lovely Chen Meng 😘😘😘😘😘

  13. fakh reza Posted on April 17, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    where is the spin tester selled?

  14. Being Instructional Posted on April 17, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Thanks for this super awesome video…these exercises seems to be the real secret of Chinese edge over others…hats off

  15. My Style Posted on April 17, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    bro how can I fucking fix my timing problem on serves?man i can create alot of spin and even get the ball to get back towards me as i developed the heavy feeling for spinning the ball but lmao im always a fraction of second late in my serves and like 70% of time i hit the air lol i fucking hate god when i can create good spins now he doesnt want me to time my serves will it come with more experience?because i have anxiety and its frustrating please tell me and thanks.

  16. Dev Patel Posted on April 17, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    please name the equipments used in this video

  17. tubeistdan Posted on April 17, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    I must fundamentally disagree with tension-exercises for racquet sports. They produce the maximum resistance at full extension, and least at lowest extension.
    There is no question they are strength-builders. But the body adapts strength-extension-resistance profiles under the constraints it is accustomed to. In explosive racquet acceleration, you want the maximum resistance at the start of the stroke, where the biomechanics are facing inertia.

    Physics dictates, by the conservation of momentum, that yes, power starts at the legs thence through the waist. High-mass/low-velocity momentum is converted through the shoulders, arms, and wrist to low-mass/high velocity momentum at the blade.

    The closest strength-training match to best model this conversion is the use of a lightly-weighted blade for stroke-reps, and an unbalanced barbell (light plate at one end, heavy at the other) for power and maximum 'snap'. The weighted blade (~0.5 to 1.0 kg) is shadow-stroked for all attacking strokes 10 sets of 100 reps a day. The heavy weight, 3 sets for 10 reps, esp. for backhand and forehand loops. You don't need more than that; muscles can only strengthen at a given rate. You can keep upping the weight a bit, though.

    I can tell you that after a year of this I had some of the wickedest attacking shots in terms of sheer power off both wings, comparable to national players (Canada). That's not personal opinion. Art Barran, who was ITTF president at the time, 70's, was amazed when I played a forehand side-spin loop: "That's a nice hook-shot!" What I didn't have was a good style philosophy. So I was always a poor player. But it had nothing to do with power, quality or consistency (my practice partner Greg compared me to a robot) of shots.

  18. Gofi Ro Posted on April 17, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Very informative video. But one thing that makes me confuse is. On 5:45 you said "the technique of this player: his elbow very close to the body" and when I watched Xu Xin in slow motion. I found that He strech his hand while doing forehand attack. Which one is correct? Or, it's just how He (man in the video) position the ball!? Thank you.

  19. Wongsakorn R Posted on April 17, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    what is "hit 3 step back 4" and "pull the ball to you" can you explain me EmRatThich Coach. Thank you

  20. Paul Ispaul Posted on April 17, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Excellent video.

  21. Dima Shevchenko Posted on April 17, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    any tips to train alone. (With table) and will there be a video about variations in serve.

  22. Huy Tran Posted on April 17, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    I think when you practice alone, you should have a coach nearby (or send your movies to EmRatThich for correction).
    It is also a very easy way to develop wrong techniques, as I have seen many ppl do it in my club.

  23. Raoul_s Posted on April 17, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    good video
    but I have a question
    in one video you said backhand dominant players often make reverse pendulum serves but why did ryu seung min made these serves?

  24. Raoul_s Posted on April 17, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    good video
    but I have a question
    in one video you said backhand dominant players often make reverse pendulum serves but why did ryu seung min made these serves?

  25. Zazen forever Posted on April 17, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Where can you get that device the player is using to practice on?

  26. Anshu Yadav Posted on April 17, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    hey what is that steel spring product called and where can I buy it and where can I buy these DHS shot practice test balls?

  27. Desert Posted on April 17, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    sorry but i am going to dislike this video. this video wasted 7 mins of my life. lately your quality of videos have been crap. and you have been saying the same old stuff like " explosiveness" "power from the ground* . We all already know that. As for this video, when i clicked on it, i was actually quite excited but later i found out that u needed machines which is something i will never get. i miss your old videos. they are way better than your recent ones

  28. văn tuyển trần Posted on April 17, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    that is effer good

  29. Thanh Toan Ngo Posted on April 18, 2017 at 2:49 am

    awesome videos, keep it up

    please tell me guide for me to buy those equipment , i am new player around 3 years so far , i want to improve my skill on table tennis

    i love all your videos posting on youtube , watch your channel in beginning of this only few hundread subs

    and also im from vietnam too , nice to talk with you

  30. Moses Megalli Posted on April 18, 2017 at 4:06 am

    thank you so much for such a rich channel.

  31. Kian Tat Chong Posted on April 18, 2017 at 11:02 am

    I like the second part of the tips a lot.

  32. raoul kristoffer esperas Posted on April 18, 2017 at 11:58 am

    greetings emratthich Im kinda curious as an amateur player.
    im a forward spinner player

    When I play my forehand stroke it makes a sidespin instead of topspin thats why it confuse my opponent because it looks like a topsin ball but I want to know how to topspin the ball instead of sidespin .

    what should I do?should I do a shadow stroke in practice?
    but I want to maintain my forehand stroke with sidespin to confuse my opponent

    can you help me???
    BIG thank you if you can reply or give a explanation/video on how to do it.

  33. teacher HC Posted on April 18, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    hi coach. Thank you very much.!! and Can you tell me what 'hit 3 step back 4' is mean?

  34. Luciano Esposito Posted on April 18, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    this video is watched  from amateur to professional ,  so i think is right to talk about warm up , even practise alone , all this movements give strong twisting in the lower part of spinal column

  35. Prabhat Ranjan Posted on April 18, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    from where can I get these practice equipment…please provide us the website address

  36. vinch Posted on April 18, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    How about practice with a Robot if you don't have a partner? is a robot good for practicing table tennis?

  37. DynoMike008 Posted on April 18, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    I like the 球靶。 Where can we buy one?

  38. Michael S Posted on April 18, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Where can you get the spring thing from, whats it called? Anyone manage to find out?

  39. sion.z Posted on April 19, 2017 at 6:13 am

    no wonder i was like why is my legs and back so pa8n

  40. sion.z Posted on April 19, 2017 at 6:14 am

    dang i want those equipments

  41. Lihao Yeong Posted on April 19, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Interesting training methods. It seems to me the equipment used by the player in the video (the "explosiveness" training device in particular) is not readily, or easily available for purchase. How would you suggest players to train for "explosiveness" if without those devices? Would a ball feeding robot be a good substitute/alternative?

  42. wholesomechiro Posted on April 19, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Thank you. Very educational video. I've tried to incorporate your tips into my game. And my game went up definitely! So thanks, I appreciate it.

  43. EmRatThich Table Tennis Coach Posted on April 19, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    This is the link where you can buy the string, and the ball holder: http://amzn.to/2xu1mcy
    Or read about the training device at: https://pingsunday.com/table-tennis-training-tools

  44. Minaz Shariff Posted on April 22, 2017 at 4:29 am

    This is an interesting training video. Where can I purchase the equipment shown in this video?

  45. ttreviews Posted on April 26, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    That is the device he's using -> http://bit.ly/2p4RljA

  46. Caio Macedocouto Posted on April 28, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Hello , teacher . You always talk about explosiveness… but in the middle of the game you have to do some variation , to prevent the other player to attack or difficulte the game for you… Sometimes the lack of explosiveness could be a suprise factor ? … . Because if you add lot of power it could be good to the other player… maybe he can use your power against you… and maybe your footwork maybe do not respond well (but I´m talking for me… an amateur player )… . And of course … train the explosiveness is somenthing really good… you can finish the point quickly , without waisting lots of energy on a rally .

  47. Kashmira Patel Posted on May 1, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Coach, can you please make the video or just tell that how to read the ball through trajectory?

  48. daniel bikas Posted on May 2, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    ball holder thing can be made easily, no need to spend US $20 on it.

  49. Leon Ngo Posted on May 3, 2017 at 11:03 am

    where can we find those equipment.

  50. Ngân Kim Posted on May 5, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Mấy dụng cụ tập bóng này ở đâu bán vậy bác. Bác có thể chỉ hay mua hộ em không vậy, em cảm ơn bác nhiều

  51. xXSavaXx Posted on May 8, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Emrathich would you please be able to tell me where they get these tools? To train with

  52. Henrik Nikolas Posted on May 8, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Here you can find the spin tester : https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Huieson-Professional-Table-Tennis-Training-Robot-Fixed-Rapid-Rebound-Ping-Pong-Ball-Machine-Table-Tennis-Trainer/32793441932.html?spm=2114.01010208.3.3.87uPVd&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_5_10152_10065_10151_10068_436_10136_10157_10137_10060_10138_10155_10062_10156_10154_10056_10055_10054_10059_10099_9915_10103_10102_10101_10096_10147_10052_10053_10107_10050_10142_10051_10084_10083_10119_10080_10082_10081_10177_10110_10111_10112_10113_10114_10181_10180_10183_10182_10185_10184_10078_10079_10073_10070_10186_10123_10120-10119_9915,searchweb201603_1,ppcSwitch_5&btsid=b9daa4f8-4160-4ff9-96ed-07aa7266d216&algo_expid=84b10cda-4e3f-405d-b80d-a13bcceb4247-0&algo_pvid=84b10cda-4e3f-405d-b80d-a13bcceb4247

  53. Mostly Android Gameplay Posted on May 15, 2017 at 11:02 am

    this may be a little boring than practicing with another player.

  54. Life is Musicz Posted on May 25, 2017 at 3:39 am

    Thanks coach for making this video 4 me

  55. ty0ung0s Posted on May 30, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    I call this “Wing Chun (詠春) table tennis,” a form of Chinese Kung Fu technique that is adapted to table tennis. Wing Chun generates explosive force in the shortest distance where maximum acceleration is required. The most famous Wing Chun practitioner is Bruce Lee. ★★★★★

  56. Syed Ishrathullah Posted on July 21, 2017 at 10:49 am

    superb video
    are these sold in UK???

  57. Lam Nguyen Posted on September 14, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    How to buy these tools for training? Thanks

  58. Cotton Boxer Posted on September 21, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    excellent this is why taijiquan and table tennis compliment each other so well. the basic mechanics are the same.

  59. Heber Lerma Manrique Posted on September 28, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Súper bien los ejercicios pero tengo niños de 4 ,5 ,6 años por fa

  60. ธนพันธุ์ สุขสวัสดิ์ Posted on October 23, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    great video. thank you.

  61. Daniel Dissegna Posted on February 12, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    Hi coach! Can you link me the final video? Where did you find it?

  62. Manh Quang Posted on February 27, 2018 at 4:07 am

    đã lỡ yêu em nhiều!!

  63. The Ply Offs Posted on March 18, 2018 at 10:34 am

    How to drive the ball please tell me

  64. Gianpaolo Benini Posted on March 21, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    Very interesting article ! I will made a tool like this ti try improve this !! Thanks !

  65. Arshiya Afsar Posted on March 23, 2018 at 10:04 am

    How to be quardinating in a team properly

  66. dongwon han Posted on April 20, 2018 at 8:46 am

    very helpful.

  67. Jitendra Nair Posted on May 14, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge coach.Very grateful🙏

  68. Hylia Posted on June 16, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Could you do a video about good muscle training without equipment

  69. Imam Fardiansyah Posted on December 4, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Apa nama benda itu?

  70. Dookie Kid Posted on December 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Thanks for the video! I really enjoyed it—especially with some vaporwave playing in the background: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9zZ4Gj75xs Shine on!

  71. nur Khalifah nazwa1102 Posted on December 26, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    Aku baru tau kalo channel ini bisa bahasa Indonesia

  72. Brett Holt Posted on April 1, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Super awesome training

  73. Abdullah Yahya Posted on April 11, 2019 at 12:55 am

    Holy shit. This is so minute and so good Information.

  74. vincentnnyc Posted on May 28, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    where can i buy this ping pong ball on the spin tester?

  75. Vaishali Goutam Posted on July 14, 2019 at 3:24 am

    Please tell me which equipment is this tell me this equipment name

  76. Sircarlos Colunche Posted on September 26, 2019 at 6:22 am

    Estos ejercicios estan muy buenos ªª

  77. christian anongos Posted on October 9, 2019 at 4:37 am

    Table tennis almost like Kung Fu eh? That's nice.😊