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Hi Alois and Jeff
I have a problem with my backhand counter loop everytime my opponent does a slow spinny topspin I try the backhand counterloop. It sometimes hits the edge of my bat other times it goes off the table just barely missing the table. I can block slow topspin fairly well but sometimes I would like to counter it and put my opponent under pressure. My question is do I have to contact the ball with my bat closed over the ball or do I have to contact the ball with an open bat and come in and flat hit?
Try to come in with a slightly flatter bat to start with and allow the ball to sink into the sponge more. Don't try to do too much with the ball but just get a little topspin on the contact.
As you become more comfortable and see the ball better you can close over the angle slightly and generate more and more spin.
This is a difficult stroke but an effective stroke if you can get it right.
Take a look at our lesson on how to Counter a Slow Spinny Topspin.
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