Looping off heavy chop

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 7 years ago


RALPH BOCKOVEN Asked 7 years ago

When one wants to vary between a fast loop and slow loop off of heavy chop, could explain the two different techniques to achieve those shots.  How open should the blade be?  How much should you let the ball drop off the top of the bounce at the point of contact?  And finally how much should the ball reach the wood of the blade?  Creating a powerful loop off heavy topspin has always been challenging for me.  Keep up the great work,thanks


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Ralph,

There are two things that increase the speed of the ball.  The first is the racket head speed on contact with the ball and the second is the flatness of contact or how much it sinks into the wood rather than the rubber.

You can combine these two things to increase the speed of you shots.  The more you hit it flat the less topspin you will get and so there is less margin for error because there will be less dip on the ball.  If you go for a fast swing and maintain the same thin or brushing contact, you will get good margin for error but will not be able to hit it as fast as a flatter contact.

It is a bit of a trade off between these two things as to more margin against pure speed.

To get a slow topspin, get a brushing contact or a slower racket head speed.

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RALPH BOCKOVEN Posted 7 years ago

ok, got and makes sense.  You didn't address the question regarding the point of ball contact.  Should you make contact at the top of the bounce, or let the ball drop some first?

Thanks for the quick response, keep swinging,

cheers, Ralph

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

Hi Ralph,

In general contât the ball near the top of the bounce, especially with the faster ball.  With the slower one you can let it drop slightly off the top of the bounce.

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