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Dan
01-19-2011, 12:17 AM
Here's a good demonstration

How to get to a ball when your to far away from it and out of position. The footwork pattern is whats known as the 'cross step'.

Watch how once Paul Drinkhall completes the cross step, he recovers and pushes of back to his ready postion straight away.

Some players tend to cross step and then that have left the table open, you must try to practice to get back to the centre line as quickly and efficiently as possible.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2010-01/11/xin_16201071108044213071636.jpg


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJhU3zlPP58

Justchill
01-19-2011, 07:40 AM
It's called "omlopen" in my language (Belgian dutch).
Sometimes I do it, mostly when I'm playing offensive.

billalphonso79!
01-19-2011, 09:08 AM
i do it very often,it's tiring

Atomichaos
01-19-2011, 10:39 AM
its very effective in retrieving the ball and executing killer side spin loops but it has a disadvantage when you lose your footing or balance and all the opponent has to do is block it back to your backhand

zookato
01-19-2011, 05:49 PM
must the one be focus to don't do it alot coz it's very tiring ^_^

and it's need alot of training to do it right.

char987
01-19-2011, 09:35 PM
i only ever do it when i relax and then it just happens....

bouncer
01-21-2011, 04:22 AM
I do this quite often, sometimes its the only way for me to get to the ball. Very tiring, yes.

ixchoo
02-24-2011, 01:18 PM
i do this when iam on fire:D. hehehe. but sadly i have my left knee injury:D

poltery
02-24-2011, 02:14 PM
as you can see me and my opponent cross stepped in 2 points of the vid

poltery
02-24-2011, 02:25 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDj8B3_o_ew


as you can see me and my opponent cross stepped in 3 points of the vid

Bollforte94
02-24-2011, 03:41 PM
cross step ofc i use it ;) Ryu and Xu Xin are the masters of the cross step

damo
02-24-2011, 08:00 PM
nice theard thanks for posting....

Zya
02-24-2011, 09:51 PM
i have to use scross steps often. My starting position is very deep in bh so I have to use then against long or fast serves in my vh

TT Player
02-25-2011, 12:33 AM
It isn't easy on the knees but is what you have to do if you want to get the ball back when your opponent has pushed you around the table. The Drinkhall video almost needs to be played in slow motion to see his crossovers and recovery! Nice demonstration.

cmetsbeltran15
02-25-2011, 12:34 AM
I've been taught only to do so on extreme reaches, it makes setting up the next shot harder so should be avoided whenever possible.

scylla24
02-25-2011, 01:39 AM
I've been taught only to do so on extreme reaches, it makes setting up the next shot harder so should be avoided whenever possible.

Yeah its definitely something only to use in particular situations where you are forced into it. I mean ideally you can estimate where your opponent hits the ball to so you are in the correct position. It's only when you are forced into the situation where you really have to reach for a far ball do you use the cross-step.

Dan
02-25-2011, 01:46 AM
Yeah its definitely something only to use in particular situations where you are forced into it. I mean ideally you can estimate where your opponent hits the ball to so you are in the correct position. It's only when you are forced into the situation where you really have to reach for a far ball do you use the cross-step.

Yeah true, however a Chinese coach taught me this once. If the ball is wide to your forehand and you have the confident's, you can use the cross step to hit the ball as you can generate a lot more power.. I guess its a gamble shot! :)

scylla24
02-25-2011, 02:09 AM
Yeah true, however a Chinese coach taught me this once. If the ball is wide to your forehand and you have the confident's, you can use the cross step to hit the ball as you can generate a lot more power.. I guess its a gamble shot! :)

Yeah I guess that's true, in those cases where its not too far wide to the forehand, I prefer to do a shift/hop to the side, its like sliding to side to side, except you move both feet at the same time, I find that that helps produce more power because your entire body is shifting during the course of your swing, which can add power, but it doesn't sacrifice your position as much as a cross-step. I tend to only resort to cross-stepping when it is the only method to reach a ball that is far wide to the forehand.

YosuaYosan
04-21-2011, 04:08 PM
Yes I do.
Only if my sparring partner give a hard-to-reach ball..

meow1994
04-21-2011, 04:38 PM
It's called "omlopen" in my language (Belgian dutch).
Sometimes I do it, mostly when I'm playing offensive.

I think you are wrong here, they dont mean that, they mean the jump when your from 'omloop' position to your forhand.
Then you crosstep your feet ;)

MrRothhaendle
07-07-2011, 10:37 PM
I do not use the cross step
I /instinctively/ do a sidestep and for larger distance sidejump
But i gotta say, that i play close to the table only

azlan
07-16-2011, 12:06 PM
I think most TT players do cross steps, but normally when we are forced into it. It's quite an easy shot to do, but takes ages to master. Normally players just do a shimmy sideways and reach into the shot. Recovery from the shot is the key and the best placement is cross table. Going down the line it has to be an absolute winner, otherwise you'll be leaving your BH wide open.

Rhydian
07-17-2011, 09:04 AM
Hi everyone,
Well I sometimes do cross step when the ball is wide in to my forehand.
Sometimes I do it. It's a really good shot but you have to play a good placement. if not, or if you are too slow, then the opponent will just block the ball into your backhand.

UpSideDownCarl
07-17-2011, 09:50 AM
I've been taught only to do so on extreme reaches, it makes setting up the next shot harder so should be avoided whenever possible.

This is what I have been taught and I agree. Sometimes you do it because there is no other way to get to the ball. But, if you can use the one-step or a few one-step movements to get there, you are set for the shot and it is much easier to get set for the next shot as well.

UpSideDownCarl
07-17-2011, 09:56 AM
Yeah true, however a Chinese coach taught me this once. If the ball is wide to your forehand and you have the confident's, you can use the cross step to hit the ball as you can generate a lot more power.. I guess its a gamble shot! :)

Its true, I was also taught that, if you can use it to put the ball away, and you know it is not going to come back then it is okay as well. :)

Steven
07-17-2011, 07:08 PM
Found out I'm doing this a lot lately. I guess my footwork is just too slow.

Michal_Z
07-18-2011, 04:18 PM
Hehee, I never realised this..
So I watched some of my videos and I found out, I do it a lot, hehe :)

YosuaYosan
07-18-2011, 04:35 PM
Ah, I almost never cross step after playing defence..
I.. CHOP !

If sb could cross-step chop, two and a half thumbs up !

Michal_Z
07-18-2011, 05:03 PM
Oh my, Yosua, I would love to play with you :)
I love spining forehands and backhands to a true defender..
Just like I love defending to the same, hehe :)