Game and skills analysis KIM Doyub (Korea)

The following observations are of course my personal view and do not claim to be the “truth”!

Here comes KIM Doyub  (Korea):

One video is not enough to judge, but


  • very good footwork
  • good forehand topspin on push and as countertopspin from behind the table
  • good and consistent backhand defense
  • good variety of forehand serves
  • good forehand defense


  • Forehand return on serve often too high or not containing enough backspin, not preventing opponent to get in with heavy forehand topspin
  • sometimes he is a bit too far behind the table when confronted with a heavy slow and short topspin thus returning to ball too high or event not at all
  • not using the rubber in occasionally on backhand when pushing


  • twiddle the bat when pushing when it makes sense
  • use pushlifting the ball occasionally with long pips (see Gionis or Ruwen Filus)
  • use more backhand serves