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By Larry Hodges | Nov. 09, 2013, 9 a.m. (ET)

Takuto Izumo

Takuto izumo (JPN) at the 2013 Hungarian Junior & Cadet Open

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Pushing Short: When to Learn?

Larry Hodges At the higher levels, short pushing becomes more and more important as a way to stop an opponent from looping. (A short push is a push that, given the chance, would bounce twice on an opponent’s side of the table.) It is especially used when returning short serves. However, until a player reaches a 2000 level or so, it is usually a low-percentage shot, since it is so easy to make a mistake and pop the ball up or go into the net. But here’s the problem: if you wait until you are 2000 level before developing the shot, you will be years behind your competition in developing your short push. So, if you have aspirations to reach 2000 and beyond, start developing your short push now, even if it means losing a few practice matches.

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