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Forehand Loop against heavy backspin

How to Forehand Loop Against Backspin In Table Tennis?

Many players really struggle hitting the forehand topspin shot against a chop/slice. They know how to swing up, but don’t know how to loop powerful (to loop kill the underspin ball). I will show you the best tips to forehand loop against the backspin ball with Chinese Forehand StyleWe will learn how to perform a powerful forehand topspin by watching Ma Long’s forehand technique.


Best tips to forehand loop the heavy backspin ball

  • dropped the racket very low, lower than the knee
  • most of the power comes from the waist and the legs
  • weight transfer from the right foot to the left foot. This action will lift the ball
  • rotate the waist to hit the ball forward. The more you rotate the waist, the more the ball goes forward

How about backhand loop against underspin ball?

In the previous video, Ma Long practices his backhand attack against the backspin ball of a chopper, but can’t finish the point with his backhand. However, it’s not a problem for Ma Long when he uses the forehand to loop kill this ball. He has trained like that a thousand times. Furthermore, the mechanism of the forehand attack is different from the backhand attack.

And the forearm is only a tool to transfer this 2 forces to the ball: “power from the ground” to lift the ball, and waist rotation to hit the ball forward. I have explained these concepts previously, today you can see it clearer. There is no chance for the chopper.

With this Chinese technique, you can loop kill the backspin ball more powerfully, and much more consistently than just folding and lifting your forearm around the elbow.

If I have weak forehand loop, what should I do?

Watch this video of Zhang Jike returning Joo’s chops — notice how his paddle almost touches the floor a few times when he prepares for the stroke. You can do a much weaker version of this, using wrist action alone, but those returns aren’t high quality. Point your wrist straight down at the floor, and then crank it up like you’re doing a “hello” gesture finishing with your fingers pointing upward.

Watch video above ☝.

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5 thoughts on “Forehand Loop against heavy backspin”

  1. Hi Coach thanks for the tips on forehand looping chinese style,guess what i implemented it in a recent tournament and went to the finals and lost in it 3 sets to 2 sets but i was very happy u know why ,my opponent was not able to put a single loop back on the table all went either to the net or outside the table.I mean none of my opponents even all the way into the finals.Played with yasaka Ma lin soft carbon and 72908 47degree hardness on fh and battle 1 on bh .I lost due to my fatigue and poor conditioning.Next step for me is to learn the back hand looping soon.I also need to improve my footwork a lot.

  2. hi coach your work is great for develop table tennis around the world .i am 16 years old table tennis player in ethiopia in africa there are more problem in forehand top spin and loop. can you answer for me? i have also problem in loop. what types of training is important to improve forehand top spin and loop?


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