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Push with Inverted Rubber

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Push with Inverted Rubber

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428x240 pixels - Part 1 - 23MB, Part 2 - 23.5MB

Summary Notes

Forehand Push - Side View

  • Notice that the elbow doesn't straighten very much at all.
  • For the float push, the ball is met with almost the full bat face.
  • For the medium push, the bat starts to come further underneath the ball to start generating more spin. The bat face is a little more open.
  • The turn of the shoulders is used to bring the bat back into position, rather than using only the arm.
  • For the heavy push, the bat is held very open, and the ball is contacted much more near the bottom of the ball.
  • In order to stop the ball popping up into the air on the heavy push due to the open bat angle, it is necessary to skim the ball more, imparting more spin. This is riskier because you are taking a thinner slice of the ball, and is a more aggressive technique.
  • For the off the bounce push, the ball is taken at around net height, not right off the table. This works well because the ball is then already at the correct height to clear the net, so you don't have to hit the ball up and over the net, you can hit it with a more flat trajectory.
  • You can see that I step in with the right foot to get to the ball, but I make sure that I step back into position.
  • Keep the stroke compact, but do not jerk the bat to a stop, or poke at the ball. It is a small, smooth swing.
  • You don't have to use three or four distinct types of pushes - float, medium, heavy, and off the bounce. By varying your amount of wrist, swing speed, amount of brushing of the ball, and how early or late you hit the ball, you can produce a number of different push types that look similar and are harder for your opponent to read correctly.

Forehand Push - Front View

  • From the front, it is easier to see how the full face of the bat is used on the float push.
  • The elbow is used as a pivot, rather than straightening through the stroke.
  • For the medium push, the bat starts to slide more underneath the ball, instead of staying open. The bat angle is tilted back a little more, and this angle is maintained throughout the stroke.
  • For the heavier push, the bat speeds up a little more, the bat angle is more open, and I'm skimming the ball with contact made closer towards the bottom of the ball. More wrist is also used to get more spin.
  • In all the pushes, the preparation is similar in all cases.
  • The off the bounce push is used to pressure your opponent, giving him less time to react. The amount of spin can be varied as desired.
  • It is important to recover after stepping in for the off the bounce push, or else you will be stuck in the wrong position for the next stroke.
  • Even from a simple stroke like a push, you can achieve a lot of variation by intelligent use of your wrist, swing speed, amount of brush contact, placement, timing, etc.

Backhand Push - Side View

  • It is possible to see how I play my backhand push with a forehand stance, rather than a traditional backhand stance with the right foot forward, which reduces my recovery time without really compromising my technique, since no waist or shoulder rotation is needed for the stroke.
  • The elbow doesn't straighten all that much during the stroke.
  • On the backhand, the swing is mainly from the elbow and wrist, no real shoulder turn is used, although the right shoulder does come a little forward to give me some room to swing.
  • Even on the heavy push, the follow through is not all that long, since I am close to the table and can't afford a big follow through if I am going to recover in time for the next stroke.
  • For the off the bounce push, I step in with the left foot, rather than the right, and make sure that I recover back to my ready position.

Backhand Push - Front View

  • From the front view, it is easy to see that the contact position is between the center of the body and the left hip, which keeps you balanced and makes recovery easier.
  • For my main push, I use a medium amount of backspin, which allows for good control of the ball, puts enough backspin on the ball to make my opponent respect my shot, and still has a high margin of error. I then vary some aspects of this stroke from time to time (e.g. swing speed, wrist, brush, timing point) to get more variation and hopefully draw errors from my opponent.
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