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Shadow Drills | Table Tennis | PingSkills

Hi, I’m Alois Rosario from PingSkills. Parth
has asked us a question about using shadow drills. Shadow drills are where you don’t use a ball.
So what you are doing is you’re using your strokes and practicing your strokes without
the use of the ball. You can also use footwork drills the same way. A great way to get a good idea in your head
about what the stroke feels like is to do the stroke without the ball. You might even
close your eyes for a while and start to feel where that bat is at the start position and
where the bat is at the finish position. You could do the same thing with the backhand
so this is my start position, this is my finish position and just do it repetitively so that
you’re feeling exactly where that bat is at the start and finish and through the stroke. The other really good thing with shadow play
and shadow drills is that you can start to really relax your strokes. Often when the
ball is coming towards you we tighten up with the shoulder and the arm and the wrist and
our stroke starts to look like that. By doing some shadow drills we’re starting to really
feel how easy and smooth that stroke can be when you’re playing. So utilise shadow play
and utilise shadow drills as a really good practice tool to teach yourself the strokes
and to just feel what those strokes should feel like. You can do whatever you want with your shadow
play or shadow drills so you can start with the very simple of just practicing a stroke
with the forehand or the backhand or you could start to think about some two ball drills,
forehand, move across, backhand, forehand, move across, backhand. Or you could make it
complex, you could do things like the PingSkills drill so you do a backhand, do a forehand,
do a backhand, move across and play, and play, and play, and play, and play. So you can practice
the movement, you can practice your strokes, and all without a ball and without
a partner.

David Frank



  1. Mongoose Pizza Posted on August 26, 2016 at 6:41 am

    hi im ali, an intermediate player, can you do a video explaining on how to return spins and the study of the spins?all of your videos helps me alot!! thanks u guys are the best!

  2. Carpet YT Posted on August 26, 2016 at 6:58 am

    It my first time play tabletennis im always double

  3. Martin čulák Posted on August 26, 2016 at 7:32 am

    hi, I'm Martin. I'm very happy that you make this video, it helps me in practcing a lot. Thank you and I hope you will make another amazing videos like this. I learnd a lot. You are amazing people! Thanks☺

  4. Mighty Hunter™ Posted on August 26, 2016 at 8:17 am

    how to smash spin ball??

  5. Caletoon Posted on August 26, 2016 at 9:20 am

    hello pingskills
    my name is fuad can you tell me how to improve my leg movement across the table
    I'm having trouble in moving

  6. Vatsal Desai Posted on August 26, 2016 at 11:13 am

    my reflex is too slow…how can I improve it..??

  7. Raymond Dardo Posted on August 26, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    does this help?

  8. Raymond Dardo Posted on August 26, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    does this help?

  9. Dorian Howell Posted on August 26, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    I'll try this for my warm up for the tournament I'm playing in tomorrow. I hope it help me.

  10. Dorian Howell Posted on August 26, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    PS Great video

  11. Roman Adar Posted on August 26, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Excellent and thanks for sharing.

  12. Caletoon Posted on August 27, 2016 at 1:36 am

    Thanks I'll do that

  13. Caletoon Posted on August 27, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    hi I wanted to ask what exercise should I follow to improve my forehand swing

    I also wanted to know that I get pains in my shoulder after practice , why
    what should I do toavoid that

  14. Arnab Ghosh Posted on August 28, 2016 at 11:39 am

    I was wondering if in a shadow drill we do something wrongly and it sticks with us.

  15. Permitted_ Posted on August 29, 2016 at 6:02 am

    Can you serve with a pen grip then switch to a shake hand after or is that not right?

  16. inferno daze Posted on August 30, 2016 at 11:42 am

    +pingskills Is it compulsory to use the accessories of which company you are sponsored from in table tennis

  17. INFAMOUS GAMING Posted on September 5, 2016 at 11:57 am

    plz help me
    i want to buy akkadi l2 so i dont have an idea about thickness ox,0.6 etc….so can u tell me what size of thicknes rubber i should buy tell me as i want a thickness of unpimpled rubber like simple we use

  18. Lumenion 13 Posted on September 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    i cant hit the side spin ball.help .what should in do?

  19. SnowDew Posted on September 10, 2016 at 11:09 am

    i agree that this really helps
    i do this all the time because i dont have a table available all the time

  20. Ascended Posted on October 3, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Omonodiadem Hadjivesalou. Did I get that right?

  21. muhammad ikmal Posted on October 5, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    do you guys have any video about improving timing in table tennis??

  22. Xtreme Posted on December 17, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Hi I can do the shadow drill just fine, but when in training and I try to hit the ball, my stroke became broken, the follow through always wrong (backhand and forehand drive), and the ball not really go into the correct direction. What do I need to do to correct it?

  23. Hamza sohail Posted on February 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    How do I counter forehand techniques with backhand

  24. Life is Musicz Posted on March 13, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    I m having difficulty in developing footwork. So what can I do???

  25. sujata nath Posted on March 28, 2017 at 1:29 am

    pingskills l normally give more force in my arms in the forehand topspin is it correct or l have to give more force in my hands.plz tell me 👧👧👧

  26. maurice_0615 Posted on April 14, 2017 at 10:45 am

    I know the correct technique for chopping, but whenever I'm training I automatically chop more forwards. It isn't really chopping. Do you know why?

  27. TANU MONGA Posted on December 3, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Sir ,can you make video on forehand smash shadow

  28. Raging Phoenix Posted on December 4, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Why is he so thin in this video

  29. Raging Phoenix Posted on December 5, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Sir how to position ourself while playing and how to do a fast backspin serve which is tough to recieve?

  30. Raging Phoenix Posted on December 5, 2017 at 11:02 am

    And also how to do a proper forehand push?

  31. Good deeds beat bad Posted on January 31, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Great instruction! Really good series. I'm 6:4 and finding your stuff really helpful.

  32. Max Monty Posted on January 3, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Oh ya I feel it now Alois😍
    Shadow pong jitsu

  33. Dipak Mohanta Posted on January 30, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    How 2 block Tosspin??

  34. Shantaram Chaskar Posted on June 23, 2019 at 5:10 pm


    This is really effective for beginners. Can we have the ideal pattern shadows to superimpose them with our action/drill.

    Thank you.