Improving Forehand Topspin

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 10 months ago

thomas mcnamara

thomas mcnamara Asked 10 months ago

Hi Alois. I'm sad to say I regressed at my last match and was back to arming my forehand. I won 4 of six games, but it had little to do with my forehand or backhand topspin. It isn't just about winning. I'm trying to improve, but in the pressure of match play, I play it safe without even meaning to. My serve is decent, but that's about it. Of course, we learn more from our failures and while  shadow swinging I realized the swing starts in the toes and eventually the arm follows, while trying to keep the lats and shoulder involvement at a minimum. Do you use the body, then snap the forehand at the end, or the hand, or just let it swing naturally? I appreciate your advice. Thanks.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 months ago

Hi Thomas,

Try to make the swing as natural as possible.  If you look at the video on the Advanced Forehand Topspin you will see the body parts as they swing through. Of course it is then getting them to all fire in the right order.

Tightening up in a match is very natural as well.  It is more about dealing with why you are tightening up in the match.  What pressure are you feeling?  Why is it important to you to get that ball on the table?  Why do you want to win?


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