Forehand Table Tennis Topspin Loop
Basically there are two main types of table tennis topspin techniques: the topspin drive and loop. This tutorial demonstrates how to perform forehand topspin table tennis loop which is commonly used against backspin ball. This is an advance technique which has a lot of different styles to control the spin. This tutorial will however introduce a common one.
When to Perform This Technique:
The forehand topspin loop is basically used against the backspin ball.
How to perform:
Step 1: Prepare position (for right handed players)
1.1 The right foot is around 7-10 centrimetres behind
1.2 Your weight should be mostly on the right leg
1.3 Your bat height should be around your knee level and should be at the back of the knee.
1.4 Watch the bouncing ball closely and try to use only your shoulder to adjust the direction and height when aproaching the ball.
Step 2: Beginning of forward swing
2.1 The swing begins once the ball start bouncing from the table.
2.2 The swing should be almost vertical (about 15 degree with the normal)
2,3 Before your rubber hitting the ball, your leg still remains as the ready position.
Step 3: Contacting the ball
3.1 Once the rubber contacting the ball, push your right leg up to increase your power and acceleration
3.2 Start accelerating your bat with your biceps (brushing up)
3.3 Start transferring your weight from the right leg to the left leg.
3.4 When brushing the ball up, your bat’s angle should be almost vertical (10-15 degree with normal)
Step 4: Finish Position
4.1 your bat’s height should be around forehead level and slightly across the middle of your body.
4.2 your weight and body should be now balanced between left and right.
Tips: The main power of your loop should come from your leg, not your shoulder or arm.
Forehand Drive Against Block
This tutorial demonstrates how to perform forehand topspin drive which is the main offensive strokes in table tennis game. The topspin drive generates a light to medium topspin that produces low ball projectile. It is also the foundation of other higher level technique, such as topspin loop.
When to Perform this technique:
Use against a block.
Use against long – medium topspin.
How to Perform
Step 1: Ready Position (for right handed)
1.1 Balance: You should balance your weight between left foot and right foot equally
1.2 Feet: Your feet should be slightly wider than your shoulder width apart and left leg should be a bit further in the front . However, some player may remain their square on.
1.3 Knee: Your knees should be bent and leaning body slightly forward.
1.4 Bat: Your bat should be around between your hip and knee height in front of your body.
Step 2: Back Swing
2.1 Transfer your weight to the right leg.
2.2 Slightly turn your hip to the rightside
2.3 Your bat should be moved back from the front to the same level as your body.
2.4 Your triceps should be around 90 degrees respect to your biceps.
2.5 The back swing should be finished just before the ball start bouncing the table.
Step 3: Ball Contact
3.1 Hit the ball at its peak or just right after the peak and slightly in front of your body.
3.2 turn your hip back from the right to the front
3.2 Brush up the ball rather than just hit it.
3.3 Control your speed and power by adjusting the face of your bat. For example, turn your bat more forward if you need more speed.
3.4 Transfer weight from right leg to the left
Step 4: Finish Position
4.1 Brush your bat up to just slightly above your head.
4.2 Your biceps should be around 90 degrees respect to your shoulder
4.3 Your bat should be slightly across the middle of your body
4.4 Your body should be completely turn to the front side.
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