The forehand drive is the basic and the first technique on the table, that every player must learn. New players should learn this technique carefully because it’s crucial to learn the correct weight transfer. It also helps you to feel the ball and learn how to impact the spin to the ball. In general, before training your forehand topspin, you should practice the forehand drive technique first. Coach EmRatThich will explain the 3 most important tips to have a consistent drive in table tennis.
Forehand Drive Stroke Mechanism
Forehand drive and Forehand Topspin attack share the same mechanism.
- Lower your standing and bend your abdomen.
- Legs are wide as the shoulder (or a little wider)
- The right foot is a little behind the left foot.
Advice to improve the consistency of this table tennis technique
- It’s very important to keep your elbow close to the body. If you hit with the elbow far from the body, your shot is less consistent.
- New players should learn to control the ball first, that’s why this step is very important.
- Please remember: The rotation axis is the waist, but not the elbow. Keep it close to your body.
3 tips to take away:
- Focus on control and feel the ball.
- Do weight transfer, and rotate the waist to generate the power.
- Keep the elbow close to the body, hit the ball at its highest bounce or sooner.
Hope this tutorial improves quickly your skills. See you, EmRatThich. You should watch my videos about “Top 5 Tips to improve quickly in table tennis”. This lesson is one of the 10 lessons performed by Zhao Yiyi of chuantt. If you want to watch full of this series, go to my YouTube channel “EmRatThich Table Tennis Coach”.
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Coach EmRatThich was born in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1983. He started playing table tennis at the age of 8. After finishing his Ph.D. in Paris, University Pierre Marie Curie (Sorbonne University) in 2011, he is now a table tennis coach in a small club in France (about 153 players). Interested in table tennis coaching for a global audience, he founded pingsunday.com, one of the best online coaching programs for table tennis players. Using the Chinese coaching philosophy, his table tennis lessons are free, which allows many table tennis players to improve fast. He can speak English, French, Vietnamese, and a little bit of Chinese.