The old Forehand Topspin technique
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Normally, we are taught in the table tennis club to loop the ball by the “old” technique. That means: turn the forearm back, rotate around the elbow, follow-through above the eyes, like a military salute. So the elbow is the main source of force by folding the forearm.
However, this old technique has 3 disadvantages:
- By using the elbow as your rotation axis, you can only loop the ball when the ball is high. You must close the racket to compensate for the high ball. You cannot add many spins to the loop.
- The force from the elbow and the forearm are not strong compared to the hip. It’s difficult to loop kill the ball. If you hit hard and the ball is still high, the ball will mostly go out of the table.
- The old technique doesn’t incorporate the lower part of the body but just focuses on the elbow. After the loop, you don’t know how to move correctly, and then less stable, less consistent in your next shot.
The new way to do the forehand topspin
How to forehand topspin in table tennis? The old forehand technique which is mostly taught in table tennis club has some problems. I will show you the Chinese techniques of the forehand loop with consistency, spin, and power.
Why do Chinese players dominate the table tennis rally with their powerful loop and counter topspin? The secret will be explained in this tutorial.
By using the slow-motion videos of the top Chinese players, I will analyze the techniques to perform a powerful forehand attack. You can easily apply these tips in your daily training.
Here is my video tutorial: “Table Tennis Forehand Topspin Tutorial”
Chinese Forehand Topspin Technique
The Chinese technique is different. The elbow and the forearm should be relaxed. The main rotation axis is not the elbow, but it’s your hip. You should drop the racket very low, and use your hip to generate the power. This way you can contact the ball very low. You can also loop kill the ball as you don’t need to close your racket.
The Chinese philosophy of the loop is not “how fast you fold your forearm”. But Chinese coaches emphasize “how well you do the weight transfer“. During the loop, you should transfer your weight from the right leg to the left leg (Andro coach Jens has explained this). This will add power and increase the quality of your shot.
Chinese philosophy concentrates on the lower part of your body. Do you remember my tips in my previous video: “Use the leg to hit the ball”. That’s your leg will hit the ball, your forearm is only a tool to transfer this force.
By seeing this slow motion of Ma Long’s loop, you can see that Ma Long mainly used his hip to loop, his elbow and his forearm are very close to the body, and he didn’t rotate his elbow anymore.
Best Ways to Play Powerful Forehand Topspin in Table Tennis.
- Drop the racket as low as possible.
- Move with your legs.
- Hit the ball at a very low position.
- Do weight transfer to loop kill the ball.
- Rotate your hip to hit the ball. This way your ball is very low and very fast.
- Don’t focus on your elbow, focus on your hip as the main force axis.
Forehand topspin with sidespin
There are several types of spin in table tennis. Crazy amount of sidespin in table tennis
In table tennis, you can make a shot with a huge side spin. You can see that Xu Xin has made a sidespin attack with his forehand.
Watch video above ☝.
And Tomokokazu Harimoto can also make a huge side spin with his forehand attack. It’s rather difficult to block the side spin attack.
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