Welcome back to the channel of coach EmRatThich. This is the Ping Sunday video. Today, I will talk about the very important
concept in table tennis “In Pai”. So what is
In Pai and why it is so important? If you know this concept, you will improve
very fast. “In Pai” is the main difference between a
pro player and an amateur player. Professional player knows how to prepare before
the stroke, and then they make the quality shots. While new players always said “I don’t have
time, the ball is too fast”. Both pro players and amateur players have
the same amount of time before the stroke. But pro players know how to use this time,
and amateur just wastes this precious time. So today, we learn how to prepare the shots
using the Chinese tips “In Pai”. Chinese Philosophies
In Table Tennis I have presented some principal Chinese philosophies
in table tennis: “Power From the Ground”, “Hit by the legs”, “Timing and Acceleration”,
“Using the wrist”, etc. “In Pai” is how Chinese players prepare before
hitting the ball. It’s another fundamental
in Chinese table tennis coaching that you should know. By applying these Chinese concepts, a player
said “My rating went 200 points up”. Thank you! I’m very happy that my videos help you improve
your table tennis. You
will improve even faster by applying today’s tips “In Pai” – How to prepare for the stroke
and increase the quality of the shots. Another player emailed me “I’m searching how
to use the wrist in forehand and also in backhand”. I have made a video recently about “using
the wrist in the Forehand loop”. Look above for the link. And this is how pro players use the wrist
in the backhand stroke. Look at Zhang Jike,
how he rotates his wrist in the backhand flick technique. What is “In Pai”
in table tennis? You can hear in many Chinese table tennis
coaching videos the word “In Pai”. Chinese coach emphasizes a lot this step “In
Pai” because it is really important. This step decides the quality of the shots. “In” is “to flow”, to let come in. It is like you let water come in a channel. “Pai” is your racket. So “In Pai” is to let your racket flow, or
to bring back your racket naturally, to make the space before hitting
the ball. But the Chinese philosophy focuses on “let
it flow”, so you need to do it naturally, fluidly, in the relax way. Some amateur players forget to “in pai”, so
don’t have enough time to hit the next ball properly. Or some players “in pai” at the last moment, suddenly, in a forced way, so they can’t accelerate
at the right moment, and the quality of the shots decrease. So the verb “In” is very important, it should
be translated as “let if flow” but not only “bring
back your racket”. It shares the same concept of Bruce Lee. How to do “In Pai”? Chinese players focus a lot on this step “In
Pai”. Because with this step, a player can
hit the ball consistently and powerful. It’s not only just “bring back your racket”. But
there are 3 steps to do the correct “In Pai”. 1. You need to estimate where the ball will bounce
up. And get the optimal position. This job is done by your footwork. 2. You need to do the weight-transfer. You need to lower your body, the body mass
is transfered from the right foot to the left foot. By doing that, your elbow and the
racket is followed naturally. This is the heart of the action “In” – to
follow. 3. And at the last moment, contract and send
all of this power, begin from the legs, to the waist, frap the elbow, to your hand
and the racket. The effect of
“In Pai” to your stroke Can you see that? Amazing! The Chinese coach “in pai” and hit the ball
without forcing, fluidly. He starts slowly, easily but the ball is crazy
fast! The “kick effect”
is huge! (the ball is fast and has a low bounce). Very difficult to block his ball! Now! You understand that table tennis is very technical. You don’t need to hit
violently to make the ball fast. But you need to play fluidly, but with a proper
technique, you can make a quality shot (fast and spinny). That’s why you need a very good coach who
can teach you the correct techniques. Step by step. The concept is “In pai” is very important,
“well prepare for the shot, let the ball coming (to follow), and then
transfer the power at the last moment”. Some amateur players don’t let the ball come,
and hit too soon! This is the very bad
habit! Each time you do it! Remember this concept “In Pai”, let the water
come into the channel. Don’t rush! “In Pai” increases not only the consistency
of the shots, but also the power of your attack. Look how Fan Zhendong well prepare before
looping the backspin ball. So let’s learn how to “In Pai” to pivot at
the left corner. The principle of “In Pai” in this case is
the same. First, you need to use the “2 steps
footwork” to move around the corner. Look at my videos for this footwork pattern. And then you need to put your body mass on
the right foot, lower your racket below the table. And then transfer the weight from the right
foot to the left foot, rotate the hip, and snap the elbow, all of
this power is sent to your racket and hit the ball. If you don’t “In Pai”, how can you have this
power? So “In Pai” is the first step you need to do. If you are new, learn the technique step by
step, you will improve very fast. If you are not new, and form a bad habit,
change it! Learn from the
beginning. Can you see his technique? He plays easily, relax but the ball is very
fast and spinny. Because he “In Pai”, let the ball coming,
and then rotates to hit the ball. I really like
this concept “In Pai” because it can improve my young players quickly. Now let learn how to “In Pai” with the ball
at the right corner. Again, don’t rush! Rushing is a very very bad habit that many
new players make. You need to do the
technique step by step. Remember: Table tennis is very technical! You also need to move correctly to the optimal
position. Normally, you can apply
the “Quick jump footwork pattern”. And again, lower your racket below the table! Let the ball coming (In Pai), and put the
weight on the right foot to store the energy. And then rotate and hit the ball forward. Now release the energy and accelerate (
brush) into the ball. This way, you can make a fast and spinny ball! Remember! If
you are new, make the spinny ball first! Because “Spin is consistency” Can you see that! He plays easily! His ball is spinny and very fast! “Be water my friend”! “In Pai, In Pai and In Pai”! Don’t rush! You can do that. I will teach you the best Chinese techniques
to improve your table tennis. How to remember
“In Pai” before hitting the ball? As I coach young players, and sometime they
just forget the “In Pai” steps. So they
are more passive and the shots are less quality. This is my best tip for you to
always remember “In Pai” before hitting the ball. If you don’t want to miss the “In Pai” step,
you should imagine that there is an “invisible” cord connected between the ball
and your racket. So if you want to
make ball coming, you need to pull the ball. It’s like the ball is the water, so you need
to make a channel, and let the water come. So to dig the channel, you need to do the
weight transfer, bring back your racket, and let the ball come into this channel. (or this invisible string). If you know this concept, you will mention
that all the professional players in table tennis do “In Pai”. For example, look at the Korean player “Kim
Jung Hoon”. So you should imagine that there is a string,
that is connected from your racket to the ball. So you need to pull the string back to make
the ball coming toward your body. By doing that, you won’t forget the “In Pai”. So this is another Chinese philosophy in table
tennis that I want to present to you. I hope that you can improve quickly your table
tennis skills. And please let me know
about your progress. Email me: [email protected] You should also share to your team-mate if
you find this tutorial interesting. If you want to offer me coffee, search “Patreon
EmRatThich”. 🙂
See you next Ping Sunday! Bye bye bye!

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100 thoughts on ““In Pai”: Prepare your stroke like a professional table tennis player”

  1. Hey Great video as always !
    i really liked the analogy in the end with the string.

    I think it would be very helpful if you had some chinese philosophy techniques when wanting to lift backspin balls. with forehand and backhand.
    Great video and keep it up !

  2. Just a FYI for anyone who understand Chinese, In Pai is Yin Pai in Pinyin, and 引拍 as characters.

    I didnt quite understand what in pai means at the first place actually…until saw the Chinese coach said that in Chinese. LOL….

  3. génial vidéo ERT, on peut dire que la philosophie d'avant et les techniques chinois sont très important, continue comme ça !

  4. Thank you emrattich please the next video is why the chinese players serve is so spinny? Thank you emrattich

  5. Why do the Chinese always seem to bring information like it was discovered by an enlightened kung fu master after 50 years of study while living in a cave? This stuff is just physics, not philosophy.

  6. I think this is similiar to one of the tips you've explained in how to improve fast. Relax, Explode and relax, am i wrong? what is the difference? Thanks for reading!

  7. One of the best video of yours thanks alot I will try it today only.
    My blade and rubber will arrive tomorrow or day after tomorrow. Thanks alot sir
    Abhinav Mallick

  8. I liked the part where you compare it to a string. We send the ball forward and pull it back and ready to send again. All this while I used to send the ball forward, wait for opponent to return and by then i might be too late. I'll improve now thanks to EmRatThich. Best videos ever. Cheers

  9. Hi Coach EmRatThich , about footwork pattern you explain to us the serve and the recieve footwork but you miss the other 2 patterns , and can you explain how Ma Long push return ?

  10. "People are just using the chinese way to defeat the players, you need to use a different way your way" – Waldner

  11. em rat thich- CAN YOU DO A VIDEO ABOUT THE FOREHAND OF HARIMOTO! how its different from other players.. tecknics of it. its a beautiful forehand.. SO CAN YOU ANALYSE THE TECHNIQUE PLEASE! TY

  12. how to do the block?? most of the time the ball is the ball is coming fast nd I don't time it nd sometimes play a bad shot

  13. You are so amazing thank you! Could you please make a video on the bat angle for different strokes? Especially for forehand loop, one of my Malaysian national player friend has and open racquet on his top spins, as in its 90 degrees fully open. But when I try this the ball just goes off the table. Any tips Mr ERT?
    Thank you again! 🙏

  14. Dear patron EmRatThich 🙂 thank you for in pai. Do you have anything in pai for backhand stroke? Backhand top spin for example? The ball contact is very small, it is not similar as backhand as we all know. The transfer from the left leg to right leg is also crucial for power shift. But the problem is the positioning the body to the incoming ball to your backhand. Most spin balls comes in service to backhand generally, what's the in pai there? cheers!

  15. Dear Em, is it worthy to buy a ping pong robot? its hard for me to find anybody to practice with but i have own table. im thinking about buying sucha robot for some time, it could help me practice my strokes by repeating them and also recording myself, but its not the same like playing with other player. i also wonder if its possible it could have bad effect on me, like make my ability to read the spin worse. whats ur viev on that, ur expirience with ping pong robots? thank u in advance my coach!

  16. thanks emrat thich sir .you are doing great i do not listen to my coach but i listen to you . i have a question . It is going to be my first inter district usually i get afraid or get in tansion during matches what to do plz tell

  17. thanks emrat thich sir .you are doing great i do not listen to my coach but i listen to you . i have a question . It is going to be my first inter district usually i get afraid or get in tansion during matches what to do plz tell

  18. thanks emrat thich sir .you are doing great i do not listen to my coach but i listen to you . i have a question . It is going to be my first inter district usually i get afraid or get in tansion during matches what to do plz tell

  19. thanks emrat thich sir .you are doing great i do not listen to my coach but i listen to you . i have a question . It is going to be my first inter district usually i get afraid or get in tansion during matches what to do plz tell

  20. thanks emrat thich sir .you are doing great i do not listen to my coach but i listen to you . i have a question . It is going to be my first inter district usually i get afraid or get in tansion during matches what to do plz tell

  21. thanks emrat thich sir .you are doing great i do not listen to my coach but i listen to you . i have a question . It is going to be my first inter district usually i get afraid or get in tansion during matches what to do plz tell

  22. thanks emrat thich sir .you are doing great i do not listen to my coach but i listen to you . i have a question . It is going to be my first inter district usually i get afraid or get in tansion during matches what to do plz tell

  23. I have been enjoying your Ping Sundays for a few years. They are getting very advanced with slow motion, split screens, multiple camera angles and CG. I particularly like the English captions. You asked to tell about our playing table tennis. I am 65 and one of a few dozen of players that meet twice a week at the local college. We don't have any coach and just play for fun. Some of the older players (83 next month) are not interested in learning new skills. They are content to just get the exercise twice a week. They don't all serve legally but I enjoy learning from them. Your coaching has helped me and some of them have started watching your videos when they saw my improvements. They laughed at the paddle I made I will share the link with you here. https://www.instructables.com/id/A-Black-Dress-a-Door-Skin-and-a-Shelf-Liner-/ I have recently purchased a real rubber to put on my custom paddle. It is still spinny but is much faster than my door skin. You can see a video of me at the end of the Instructable. It may seem like nonsense for an old man to make such a silly paddle. I play just for fun and it is a great sport for all ages. I was teaching my grand children last week how to play. I started with "power from the feet," and full body rotations. In a few hours they made great progress. Thanks again from this old man.

  24. I have read about the, "Flow", in other sports. My interpretation is when you have developed enough muscle memory that you no longer have to think about how to perform, your subconscious takes over. When this happens you don't have to reason the process you just go with the flow. I often have to tell myself to wait for the ball when doing a forehand loop. If I wait until the ball is the exact height when I contact it like I have practiced thousands of times it is a much better return. This is like your suggestion to set up the return with your feet. I am trying to develop a better serve. I like the penhold grip with a backhand serve. It seems like a Tai Chi movement. I toss the ball in front of my right foot head high while leaning forward. Then I transfer the weight to my rear foot and wind up the hips arm and wrist. The goal then is to unwind the body arm and wrist to all contact the ball at net height. While keeping the elbow close to the body. This can deliver several different serves that all look the same at the wind up and the finish. The change is the spin and angle of the blade. For a change up I use the back side of the blade, with no rubber, for a fast deep no spin serve. All of this I have learned from watching YouTube. I don't know how much I have misunderstood your teaching.

  25. Thank you . By applying your guidance and your tips my stroke was very good . I now know every stroke to hit ball correctly. I waste my money with many coaches to learn but I cannot learn as I learn from you.thanks for telling all Chinese secrets of table tennis. I told all my friend to subscribe and watch your videos . Please continue with your videos

  26. Once you have finished a shot and you are positioning your arm for the next one, where should you place it so that your arm won’t be too far to the forehand side on a backhand shot or too far on the backhand side on a forehand shot?

  27. i dont know the professional players use this "in pai" method but i'm practising this at this time. Your videos support my theories and tells me that what i'm doing is right and eliminate the thought of those players who always laugh at me. More frustrating, their play are so boring with just tricky strokes and disturb their opponent mental with satires during the game.

    I found that by just implementing in pai, my mind will stay aggressive and focused.

    Hint to implement in pai. Always keep in mind to attack every ball, soften your grip until contact. Even the shortest ball will be possible to be attacked. Or the fastest smash can be countered (due to their slow body movement, we can read their target).

    Nice work emrathich, i can feel that your mind and mine work the same. Keep up this noble work. I hope u will get promotion from your boss to the highest Grade.

  28. Thanks Emratthich! your video is really of great help to coaches like me who aspire to help our students to do good in table tennis to reach their dreams.

  29. Thank you for your video, I have been training for 20 years and still did not have any improvements. After watching your video, I have won many tournements in my country and will be representing for Olympics in 2020. I think I can win Ma Long Long

  30. Quick tips for beginners- dont hold back when you hit the ball, loose your grip, swing and follow through. This will enhance your accuracy and shot power

  31. Nice chinese couch even his sweatshirt teaches us what U should eat to be the best table tennis player. "Ешь овощи" – Eat vegetables =)

  32. I love the "invisible cord" theory . My coach always told me to prepare after hit the ball, after im hitting ball my hand isnt ready for another shot. I will try to pull the ball with invisible cord theory . Thanks COACH ERT

  33. Some days, when I go for practice, my topspin is amazing, it's fast spinny and I hardly miss any of them. Even in games I end up defeating players I usually don't win against because of this topspin. But somehow I come back the next and I can't recreate that technique. Any tips for this?

  34. Relax, and "Yin Pai" so why Timo Boll does that? This it here: https://pingsunday.com/table-tennis-strokes-yin-pai/

  35. Great concept eg Bruce Lee comparison was great.
    Your example was show mostly by a left hand player though. I want to hit from my backhand corner vs backhand chops

  36. Hi, I believe you are a great teacher for the many key point you explain and the way you present your information. I like to ask you how would you identify your style of play and or the way in which you can determine what paddle grip sue you better. I am right handed but tent to use my left hand in many occasions playing sport like ping pong. I at this time I use the handshake grip but until recently after seeing your video I realized I did not the proper finger position on the paddle but I had control. Now I am adjusting the grip but yet haven't get much better but I am sure it is because I do not get to play every day. I am working on playing more often.

  37. hi EmRatThich, i am your biggest fan!!! i am confused whether to drop my bat below the table always when the ball comes outside the table. my coach said hit the ball at its highest point i.e hit flat topspin, don't lower your bat. can you please help me out

  38. From the left hand corner ( non dominant side for a right handed). Instead of going for a back hand Stoke, why he is using forehand Stoke, leaving big gap on the other side ( right hand corner?. I think one's back hand should be as good as your forehand. Like the way Roger Federer being as good as both forehand & backhand.

  39. The string visualization helps a lot! As a musician, that gives me a cue to find the natural rhythm of the ball.

  40. At time 6:15 in video it should be body mass or body weight should be transferred from left foot to right as the guy is left handed.. plz correct the video @EmRat Sir

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