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    Posted: 10/07/2019 at 4:50am
How wide is your stance as a multiple of shoulder width?
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Around 2x
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Around 1.0x to 1.2x.

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Hmm...  While doing what exactly?
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too wide makes your weight not go forward
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based on general experience across sports I would say shoulder width.  Obviously pro's in serve return like a wider stance, which you can do if you have the hammys.
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Originally posted by serr serr wrote:

Around 2x

I assume you are referring to serve return stance, or do you play crab style?
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You need to be comfortable.  If you try to adopt a stance that is unnatural you're just going to hurt yourself.  A relaxed player is a fluid player.

If you do a lot of drills where you are forced to move a lot to get to the ball, your body will naturally move in its most efficient way.  That will depend on your fitness, strength, agility, flexibility, age, recent injury history, etc.  Of course those things will also affect how challenging your drills can be.

This is the last thing you want to be THINKING about while you're playing. 


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Imagine you are covering someone in basketball who is trying to dribble past you. Go ahead and do this before I go on. Don't think about it; just do it. Ready?  Almost for certain your feet went a little wider, your weight went on the balls of the feet, your knees bent some and pointed outwards slightly, and you leaned forward slightly at the waist. Your knees were suddenly bouncy as you prepared to move in either direction. Now lower your arms. That's your table tennis ready stance, including the width you should have your feet. (If you are in good physical shape and train regularly, you might widen your stance even more.) 
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Originally posted by cole_ely cole_ely wrote:

Originally posted by serr serr wrote:

Around 2x

I assume you are referring to serve return stance, or do you play crab style?
Yes, I understood stance as a non moving position. In a rally it depends if I play off the bounce (1.3-1.5 x shoulder width) or looping the ball late (1.7-1.8 x SW)
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Originally posted by serr serr wrote:

Originally posted by cole_ely cole_ely wrote:

Originally posted by serr serr wrote:

Around 2x

I assume you are referring to serve return stance, or do you play crab style?
Yes, I understood stance as a non moving position. In a rally it depends if I play off the bounce (1.3-1.5 x shoulder width) or looping the ball late (1.7-1.8 x SW)

Makes sense.  I also spread my legs more if the ball is lower, or to lift backspin...i think
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Up to twice my shoulder width. I think for most things, I feel comfortable at about 1.8x. I just try to get low and be comfortable. I like Larry's post on it.
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Hmm mine is about 2x most of the time.... 

I saw Ma Long and he is at 3x on many occasions! But I guess it's a very individual thing and everyone has different body proportions which causes this distance to be different...
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Stance width is a compromise between mobility and stability.

You need to be stable in order to apply force to the ball while staying balanced. However, If you use a wider stance then your leg strength will support, you can be so stable that you can hardly move. The stronger and better conditioned your legs are the wider the stance you can use and still be able to move. 

The Chinese nationals team can use a very wide low stance which keeps them stable while applying a high amount of force to the ball because their fantastic conditioning allows them to still be able to move from a very wide low stance. If most recreational players tried to copy this, they would not be able to move quickly, and their legs would begin to burn and cramp in short order.

IMO, it's best to play from the widest stance that your conditioning will support. In other words, you need to be stable, while still retaining the ability to move quickly.
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