Ariel Hsing's "Forehand Fixing Machine"

Table Tennis Training and Drills

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Ilia Minkin

Ilia Minkin Asked 6 years ago

Hi Alois,

Did you see the "Top Spin" film? There is an interesting moment, when Ariel Hsing uses a belt that attaches her elbow close to her body, called "The forehand fixing machine". You can see this in the trailer at 02:49. What is this "fixing machine" for?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Ilia,

I really like the concept.  It green theraband that she attaches to a belt helps her with her awareness of how far away her elbow is from her body.  She wants her elbow to stay close.  So when her elbow floats away the "Forehand Fixing machine" will pull and provide resistance which increases the awareness.


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Abhinav Upadhyay

Abhinav Upadhyay Posted 6 years ago

Hi Alois,

I guess this is what you were talking about for me to use? I will give it a try :-)


Ilia Minkin

Ilia Minkin Posted 6 years ago

>She wants her elbow to stay close.

So should other players like us try to keep the elbow close to the body?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Try to keep it stable so it doesn't float around.


Conrad Young

Conrad Young Posted 6 years ago

Is it possible that she's actually using it to keep her elbow from getting too close to the body? The added tension will tend to activate her shoulder muscles so that when there is no band, the elbow floats outward. 

I sent her an email to find out for sure.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Let me know what she says.



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