Ma Long’s technique – soft touch on the table. Welcome back to PingSunday. How to control the ball near the table like Ma Long?
What is the soft touch technique?
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The soft touch is a technique in table tennis, in which you try to control the ball, and return it short to prevent an attack from the opponent.
Today, let’s learn this technique from Ma Long. There are 2 key points to mastering this technique:
01 – Learn the small steps footwork
02 – Contact the ball softly
01 Small steps footwork.
This is the footwork used when you are very closed to the table. You need to bounce on your feet. This is called “small steps” footwork. A quick jump and constantly adjust to the placement of the ball which is very near to the net.
02 Contact the ball softly
To return the ball low, you need to touch the ball as low as possible. Put your racket low, and near the playing surface of the table.
Watch this video to learn the right technique:
Ma Long has a special hand’s feeling. You can read more about it here.
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