My name is Tahl Leibovitz and I’m here at
SPiN, New York. I am a professional table tennis player who
has been competing internationally since 1995. I am here today to speak to you about the
intermediate and beginner aspects of the Olympic sport of table tennis. Ok, right now I’m gonna demonstrate the forehand
push. This is a stroke that’s usually used to receive
service, but its very important that we need to push with the forehand. And what’s really important is variation. A lot of players, they push and they have
one motion and one speed on the ball. What’s important is to try to do three different
speeds. What that means is that we push the ball one
way like this, which I’ll demonstrate, one is no spin, and the other is sort of a light
underspin. And the way it is is we try to keep our elbow
low to the table. We try to pass the ball using our wrists over
here. This is sort of the stroke. Now, when we want to make underspin, we try
to move our racket faster when we get closer to the ball, so we can make that sort of spin. When we want to make no spin, we don’t really
move our racket fast, we sort of just move it really slow. When we wanna make a little bit of underspin,
we move our racket just a little bit faster. So it’s really important to vary the ball
when you play table tennis. And that means sometimes you need to push
heavy spin, sometimes no spin, sometimes light spin, so these are really really really important
points in table tennis. So we’re sort of here, and we just push the
ball, just like this. This is forehand push, just like that.

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