[Video] 3 drills to improve your rallying skills

[Video] 3 drills to improve your rallying skills

In this video I show three training drills you can do to improve your topspin rallying skills.


These drills will help you improve your reactions, your footwork and your ability to deal with random match-play.

One way I have improved over the past five years is doing lots of topspin drills switching between forehand and backhand strokes in an irregular pattern.

This has helped me move up divisions and beat higher standard players.

In the video, I demonstrate three drills with my team-mate James Ward…

  • 1 or 2 to BH, 1 or 2 to FH
  • Open to BH
  • BH to BH, random to FH

I explain how the drills work and give some tips on how to do the drills effectively.

What’s in the video

0:00 – Tom introduces the video

0:18 – Drill 1: 1 or 2 balls to BH, 1 or 2 balls to FH

2:30 – Drill 2: Open to BH

4:16 – Drill 3: BH to BH, random to FH

6:04 – Tom gives some extra tips on recovery, watching opponent and footwork

Useful links

> Tom Lodziak’s YouTube Channel

> More online table tennis lessons


About Tom Lodziak

I’m a table tennis coach based in Cambridge in the UK. I have 70+ free table tennis lessons on my popular YouTube channel. I also have 150+ coaching articles to help you improve your table tennis skills. You can read more about my background on my About Tom page.

4 thoughts on “[Video] 3 drills to improve your rallying skills

  1. Hi Tom, i just watched your video on the touch return of serve. Is there a difference between the touch. And push return?

    • A touch and a push are part of the same family. You could say a touch is just a very short push.

  2. Hi Tom, that’s another great video tutorial. I wonder how these drills would turn out if one player is a left-handed person like me. Do you think I would always have a hard time rallying with a right-handed person?

    • Hi Kit, yes these are easy to do with a right-handed player and left-handed player together. You can just choose which side you want to play the balls to. So if you want to feed with your backhand, the other player just has to play to your backhand corner.

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