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Ideal contact height for forehand topspin strokes

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Forehand stroke with optimal hitting position.

Being able to change how fast and how much spin your forehand topspin stroke has is a great weapon. You can get more spin on the ball if you make your stroke more vertical and brush the ball lightly. If you want to go faster, you need to swing more sideways.

hitting at the highest position - forehand topspin
hitting at the highest position – forehand topspin

Here is an illustration by coach Che Xiaoxi.

Contact point is very important in table tennis. It decides the quality, the consistency of your stroke. Today, let’s learn the optimal contact point for the forehand topspin techniques.

Should you wait for the highest position? Or should you hit the ball at chest or even shoulder height when the ball is below or at net height and isn’t bouncing high?

Ma Long forehand topspin with the optimal contact position
Ma Long forehand topspin with the optimal contact position


Optimal hitting position of forehand topspin strokes.

Take it at net height or higher close to the top of the bounce. The optimal contact height is at his highest position. Because at this position, the ball is very stable, so you will make fewer mistakes.

the right timing for forehand strokes - table tennis
the right timing for forehand strokes – table tennis

You can take the ball earlier and steal time from your opponent. You can swing more forward and make an easier pace. You can land the ball more safely with a lower trajectory because you have more vertical room to work with. You can use more angles because you are taking the ball closer to the net or table. You don’t have to worry about how to adjust for the vertical energy of the ball. There isn’t much vertical energy in the ball.



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