How to forehand counter-topspin in table tennis?
Dear table tennis coach and player, today let’s talk about the forehand counter-topspin in table tennis.
Many players think that this technique is very difficult. I don’t think so. When you master the forehand topspin skill and the timing, then you can do the forehand counter-topspin easily. In France, we call this technique “top sur top”. Using our own topspin to deal with the topspin ball.
What is the counter-topspin?
Chinese players want to maintain the aggressive situation, so they practice the counter-topspin a lot.
How to play forehand topspin over the topspin like a pro?
Today, this technique is a must when you play far from the table. In my coaching experiences, many amateur players forget 2 key points:
1) You need to wait for the right timing.
Many amateur players are too eager to hit the ball. They don’t know the right timing. They hit too soon, so they can’t generate a lot of power.
The right timing is the moment that the ball goes near your body. The ball should make a triangle with your forehand and your body. Wait for the ball to come, and generate the power. It’s not as difficult as you think.
2) You need to generate your own power.
Because you play the forehand counter-topspin far from the table. You need to generate your own power. The power comes from the ground. Use the hip’s rotation, to transfer this power to the ball.
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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.