Shoulder position and body weight while playing BH Topspin

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 6 years ago

Abhinav Upadhyay

Abhinav Upadhyay Asked 6 years ago

Hi Alois,

While watching the backhand topspin against backspin video, I got the feeling Jeff was turning his right shoulder a little bit and bringing in front of the body. Is that observation correct? And is it something I should try to incorporate when still developing the stroke?

Also, is there any transfer of body weight while playing backhand topspin like we do in forehand topspin, or should the balance always be maintained while playing this stroke?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Abhinav,

Jeff does turn and use his shoulders a little to make the stroke.

At first you don't need to do that.  Think about keeping the body quite still and using the arm.  As you get the feel for the arm motion, then incorporate the shoulders, waist and legs.

The transfer of weight is slight from the left leg to the right leg during the stroke.


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