What is a forehand push?
A forehand push is a defensive stroke, where you put backspin on the ball.
When should you play a forehand push?
You’re most likely to play a forehand push when the ball already has backspin on it, either from an opponent’s serve or in the opening stages of a rally. The main reason you use a forehand push is to make it difficult for your opponent to attack. For example, if your opponent serves a short backspin serve to your forehand, you can play a short forehand push back or push back fast and long. Either option will make it difficult for your opponent to play a strong attack.
How do you play a forehand push?
- Start with your bat to the side of your body, just below chest height
- Turn your bat so your playing side is facing upwards
- As the ball approaches, bring your bat forwards and down
- Brush under the ball – this will generate backspin
- Your bat should finish in front of you, pointing in the direction in the direction you want the ball to go
- Don’t play too close to your body – this will make it awkward to play the stroke. Make sure you play to the side of your body and you will have better control.
- Don’t hit too hard – the ball will most likely fly off the end of the table. Play with a relaxed grip and smooth action. The more you brush the ball, the more backspin it will have.
Further reading and viewing
- Article: Put your opponents under serious pressure with short, long and wide pushes (Tom Lodziak)
- Article: How to Play a Forehand Push in Table Tennis (Ben Larcombe)
- Article: Should you develop your forehand push? (Larry Hodges)
- Article: Guide to pushing (Han Xiao)
- Article: Improve Your “Push” Stroke in Table Tennis (Samson Dubina)
- Video: Forehand Push in Table Tennis (PingSkills)
- Online course: Table tennis for beginners (Tom Lodziak)