Forehand & usage of wrist

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 8 years ago

Ilia Minkin

Ilia Minkin Asked 9 years ago

Hi Alois,

After watching your video on advanced forehand topspin, I gained some inspiration and tried to add wrist action to my stroke. Is there a difference in wrist usage when looping against backspin and when looping against block? Is it more exaggerated against backspin?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Ilia,

You can use a bit more wrist with the backspin ball because you have more time.  Just think about relaxing the wrist rather than forcing it through and because you have more time it will allow the bigger movement.

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Ilia Minkin

Ilia Minkin Posted 9 years ago

Alois, thank you for the response. My experience is that wrist movement really helps a lot when playing fast topspins against low backspin balls -- the extra racket speed is vital there. But for slow spinny topspin, or topspin against block the difference is not that big, even with the large wrist action.

Ilia Minkin

Ilia Minkin Posted 8 years ago

Mengel's wrist

Just occasionally noticed how Steffen Mengel's wrist is cocked back all the way through before executing a blasting forehand against a push.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Hi Ilia,

He does have a little kink in his forehand stroke that seems to work for him.  It is not something that I would recommend for everyone though.

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