*Lin Gaoyuan ALC, Dignics 64 & 80 Available!*
CAD 1.32
Your Account
Coaching Tip of the Week: "Proper Way" is What Works for You

Coaching tip of the week: How to Push Extremely Heavy

Coaching tip of the week: How to Push Extremely Heavy

(By Larry Hodges)

A heavy push can cause havoc when done at the right time, and sometimes is all that’s needed to take away an opponent’s effective attack. How do you do this shot?

First, keep in mind that it’s not enough to just have lots of backspin. It also needs to be low, deep (unless you are pushing short, a different type of push that usually isn’t as heavy), well-placed (usually to a wide corner, sometimes to the middle against a two-winged looper), deceptive (sometimes aim one way then go the other), and somewhat quick to rush the opponent (either off the bounce, with some pace, or both).

To get that extra bite on your heavy push, here are some tips.

  1. Use wrist. Bring the wrist back before contact and then use both wrist and forearm to smoothly accelerate the racket.
  2. Accelerate through contact. You want the racket accelerating right through contact.
  3. Graze the ball with a relatively open racket. The more you graze the ball, the more spin you’ll get. In fact, if you graze it enough, you’ll have to put extra energy into the shot to make it go deep, since most of that energy is going into spin.
  4. Grippy rubber. You simply get more spin with a spinny rubber.

How do you develop this shot? Practice! You can do this both with regular practice and in games. One mistake many make is having two players both practicing their heavy push at the same time. Result? You develop a really nice heavy push against an incoming heavy push – and then, in games, you pop the ball up against serves and pushes that aren’t equally loaded. The best way to develop your heavy push might be to have someone practice their serves, where they vary from heavy backspin, side-backspin, and no-spin, and you learn to push heavy against all of them. (Chop down against no-spin to keep it low. You can even push against short topspin/sidespin serves by chopping down at contact.)

Then, as the ultimate practice, try to win practice matches with your newly-developing heavy push. Find someone who likes to serve short and then loop, and see if you can win by loading up your receives with heavy backspin – but remember to push deep, well-placed, deceptive, and quick & fast!

Latest News

Ask The Experts: Jon Ebuen, No. 293

November 19, 2019
Ask The Experts: Jon Ebuen, No. 293 Butterfly Table Tennis Question and Answer Question: sir whats d best… Read More

Taiwan school team’s training in Yokohama with Sally Moyland

November 19, 2019
Taiwan school team’s training in Yokohama with Sally Moyland (By Sally Moyland) My teammates and I just came… Read More

LATTA Open Tournament, Nov. 23! Register Now!

November 19, 2019
Hello Table Tennis Enthusiasts, LATTA OPEN:  SATURDAY, NOV. 23, 2019 (USATT SANCTIONED TOURNAMENT!!! Come join us at my next… Read More

2019 South Shore Championships & Junior Championships

November 19, 2019
2019 South Shore Championships & Junior Championships (By Dan Seemiller) 18th South Shore/Butterfly Championships were held this weekend… Read More

Butterfly Featured Table: Garden 5000 Outdoor Table

November 19, 2019
Butterfly Featured Table: Garden 5000 Outdoor Table The Butterfly Garden Rollaway 5000 incorporates a 5mm melamine playing top,… Read More

Coaching Tip of the Week: “Proper Way” is What Works for You

November 18, 2019
Coaching Tip of the Week: “Proper Way” is What Works for You (By Larry Hodges) Kids are almost… Read More

Butterfly Featured Product: Garden 7000 Oudoor Table

November 18, 2019
Butterfly Featured Product: Garden 7000 Oudoor Table The Butterfly Garden Rollaway 7000 incorporates a 7mm melamine Anti-Glare playing… Read More

Butterfly Featured Product: Park Outdoor Table

November 17, 2019
Butterfly Featured Product: Park Outdoor Table Butterfly Park Outdoor offers a good consistent bounce and playing performance. Setup on a… Read More
View All News

Get the latest from Butterfly

Stay “In The Loop” with Butterfly professional table tennis equipment, table tennis news, table tennis technology, tournament results, and We Are Butterfly players, coaches, clubs and more.