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 Style. We 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.
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Coach EmRatThich was born in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1983. He started playing table tennis at the age of 8. After finishing his Ph.D. in Paris, University Pierre Marie Curie (Sorbonne University) in 2011, he is now a table tennis coach in a small club in France (about 153 players). Interested in table tennis coaching for a global audience, he founded pingsunday.com, one of the best online coaching programs for table tennis players. Using the Chinese coaching philosophy, his table tennis lessons are free, which allows many table tennis players to improve fast. He can speak English, French, Vietnamese, and a little bit of Chinese.