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How to do the basic forehand topspin technique

How to do the basic forehand topspin technique?

Hello, welcome back to PingSunday, I’m EmRatThich. Today, we will learn how to do the basic forehand topspin technique. This technique is used to attack the underspin ball at the backhand corner. It’s called the “pivot position” in table tennis.


The basic concept

There is no better shot in table tennis than the forehand topspin. Because of this, most players base their whole game on setting up situations where they can do this stroke. The forehand topspin has more power than any other stroke because of the way the body is positioned.

forehand topspin technique
forehand topspin technique

This is a very important technique in table tennis. In Chinese coaching philosophy, this is the strongest stroke in table tennis to win the point.

The main idea is to generate the force by using the whole body. The legs, and the hips will generate the power.

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How to do the basic forehand topspin technique?

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How to play the forehand topspin stroke

You should try to “grab” the ball, that means hit the ball forward. This way the ball is more powerful.

Your shoulders are the same way. Your forearm moves faster, making the angle between it and your upper arm smaller.

The touch is in front of the body.



the body position allows the forehand topspin generate force
the body position allows the forehand topspin generate force

The leg is the entire force that is transmitted from the foot all the way up. You can search on Google “power from the ground concept” to learn about this.

You should think of the racket as a part of your arm.

a neutral grip gives you the feeling
a neutral grip gives you the feeling

A straight line connects the edge of your racket and the line between your index finger and thumb.

You should bend your knees quite far and turn your upper body to the left. You should have a low core. Your right shoulder is much higher than your left. Drop your hand and racket so that they are almost straight down.

Notice what the right knee does. As it turns and goes up. Putting on a lot of force at the beginning of the stroke. Your hips should be facing the same way, with your left hip in the lead.

Relax your wrist
Relax your wrist


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