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To win matches in Table Tennis, you need to learn this attacking stroke. The speed and spin you generate using this shot will make it very difficult for your opponents to return.
Great job as usual with the video. In teaching this stroke why is there no mention of the back swing or shoulder turn? Isn't important to incorporate this into the stroke! I find that many beginners just use an arm swing.
You are right. This is something that we add in. I guess we try to focus on the simple start so that the players get this right first.
Once you have the basic stroke right then it is a matter of incorporating the body in a coordinated manner to allow your whole body to helo you with the stroke. Getting this coordination is something that comes with more hitting and focus on it. One simple thing I get players to do is to focus on their free hand. Trying to get it in at the start of the stroke and then turn away during the stroke. This naturally turns the body and starts to incorporate other areas.
Thanks for all these great Videos. My question to this forehand-topspin-video refers to Jeffs upper arm movement. Why do you use so much upper arm? Isn't the use of the lower arm gaining more acceleration, if you "open" and "close" the cubital joint instead of using the upper arm? Especially when considering to come back as fast as posible to the initial position after hitting the ball. And in my opinion it also helps to keep the whole movement very short and with a short duration.
Yes, this is right when you are aiming for more speed and spin. For the controlled ball you can use a little more upper arm.
Amazing video. I can see the stroke much more clearly and I love that you are showing Jeff 2 or 3 times from side on and behind him. That helps me really much. But while I was watching the video I noticed that Jeff is almost not or not using his forearm. I tried to do it like him, but I found it difficult to play a fast spinny ball. I was wondering if Jeff can make a strong fast topspin that way.
Very nice video , started training this stroke a few weeks ago .
Thank you for the explanations of this stroke
It allows me now to make this stroke more easily during the matchs.
Now I am going to have to try it against a blocker and especially a chopper ^^
great videos and explanations, those help me a lot
Coach had a hard time today.
when the locker blocks the ball, does it have topspin, less spin or back spin?
It has a little bit of topspin but really quite flat. You can block with a bit more topspin as well.
how can you practise the topspin against block alone. also, does the stroke end above your head, more neraer to the left or right ear or infront of you?
That is difficult. You really need a practice partner to do this effectively. If you can get a Return Board that may help.
is a returnboard a board with a rubber coating?
Yes Jonathan, that is what a return board is.
can you customise the rubbers and is a robot better?
Yes you can but it gets expensive if you want to change them often because you need about 8 sheets to cover the board.
I think they have different purposes. A robot will feed balls out more consistently and the return board will give you a more realistic spin. If you have a choice I would go for the return board.
Alois, i started with the faster topspin first. is this okay?
No I think it is better to start with control.
oh. back to th flat brush topspin then
hi, what is the angle of the bats meant to be when doing the topspin stroke. (eg. 70-80 degrees?)
and can i imaite and copy timo boll's, ma long's and waldner's style and loops and mesh them together to create the ultimate style.
and is it normal to slighty modify it.i start with my arm more open and finish at around the left side of your face and a bit more in front. it varies slighty for each and every shot.
You need to make sure your stroke is consistent. You can't nominate an angle because there are always slight variations.
You should get the strokes consistent first and then you can make your own variations.
and finally i've got the robot!
and should the bat finish a hand width's in front of your head?
It doesn't need to be that precise. As long as it is close to there and you try and keep your shot consistent, you will be fine.
Hi Alois and Jeff. Great video as always. I have a Power Return Board if Johnathan or anyone else is interested. You can see it on you-tube under Eight Table Tennis Exercise or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ydKQdDro_4. My e-mail is email@example.com if anyone is interested. This one is from Germany when if first came out. Now there is all kinds. Will definitlly sell it at a cheaper price. Thanks
I have an idea. It would be great, if you show us, how you can vary the ratio spin/speed to produce slow spinny or fast less spinny topspin .... exactly as you did in push lessons.
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