Table tennis forehand drive

A forehand drive in table tennis is an offensive stroke that is used to force errors and to set up attacking positions. A successful shot should land close to your opponent's baseline or sideline.

Stage one

  • As the ball is returned, stand in position on the balls of your feet, with knees slightly flexed.
  • Face sideways with your shoulder pointing towards the target.
  • Body weight should be on the back foot.

Stage two

  • When ready to strike the ball, point your free arm towards the ball.
  • At impact, rotate your body quickly to face forwards.
  • Aim to hit the ball at its highest point.
  • Transfer body weight from back to front foot.

Stage three

  • Follow through with the bat pointing towards the intended target.
  • Return back to ready position for the next shot.