Hi Jeff and Alois
First of all thank you for providing so many tips and techniques which are helping me improve the game i used to play in my school life, only this time i am being technically correct in my shots for which a lot of credit goes to the PingSkills team.
Recently i found out that i am confused in playing the forehand shots as the action is pretty similar. only difference i notice is that during forehand topspin the focus is more on brushing the ball and while in the forehand counter hit the bat comes flat. We know that if the arm action is not smooth then the shots wont be continuous and wont be in control. Same is the problem with me, i tend to lose the smoothness of the arm action and give jerks while trying to hit the ball flat.
IF possible kindly post a response video playing the forehand shots both topspin and flat consecutively.
P.S. Dont forget to add your magical slow motion effects.
and Simon Gerada said...
The forehand topspin is really just an extension of the forehand counterhit. With the counterhit you hit the ball flat and with the topspin you brush on the top of the ball to generate the topspin.
To get the motion smoother you can practice the stroke over and over. In fact you can do this even when you are away from the table using shadow play. You simply execute the stroke pretending to hit a ball. It is a great way to groove your shot. Really focus on your start and finish position as these are critical to getting the shot right.