Jonyer's straight arm topspin

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 6 years ago

Il Ill

Il Ill Asked 6 years ago

Master Rosario,

I watched Istvan Jonyer  here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvS-2d2XFXk

Sometimes he hit the ball with topspin without elbow(forearm action) . He use only straight arm and wrist.  Is it true or am I mistaken.

I want to know more about this Hungarian technique.

Thank you very much.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Il,

Joyner was a great player of his time.  His style was revolutionary being able to generate so much topspin on the ball with that straight amor action of his.  He was part of the great trio with Klampar and Gergely that won the World teams championships against the odds in 1979 against the powerful Chinese team of the time.  He also won the World Men's singles championships in 1975.  He also won the World Men's Doubles titles twice in 1971 and 1975.

I remember at the time people describing it as it was easier to get his topspin back if you were on the next court because of how much topspin he was able to generate.  At the time it was extraordinary.

Now, the game has developed further to be mush faster so the straight arm action doesn't really hold up well.   The faster action of the forearm coming through allows for more speed and also better recovery.


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Il Ill

Il Ill Posted 6 years ago

Topspin with straigth arm = only straight arm and wrist ? Or always with light snap and with forearm?

Thank you.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

He used wrist and some snap but now the strokes of the top players looks very different.


Il Ill

Il Ill Posted 6 years ago

I know for the modern game.

I just asked about hungarian old style.

Thank you ,Master Rosario.



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