Definition: A shuffle step (also known as stepping footwork) is one of the basic methods of moving around the court in table tennis. It is mainly used when a player wants to cover a short distance to the left or right. For larger distances, crossover footwork is used.
A shuffle step to the right is done by moving the left foot towards the right (not towards the right foot, which is further back), and just before touching the ground, moving your right foot to the right as well. The left foot will hit the ground first, and then the right foot, and then you will hit the ball. Try not to hit the ball while you are still moving, since it is harder to hit a stable stroke. Both feet should move the same distance, whether it is six inches or a foot and a half.
Reverse the process to move to the left. Whichever direction you move, your left foot should still finish six inches to a foot in front of the right, when compared to your shoulders (for right handers).
Also Known As: stepping footwork, step footwork