Stabilizing the Forehand Topspin

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 6 years ago

Christian Habis

Christian Habis Asked 6 years ago


During my recent matches, i realized that my forehand topspin is quite unstable.Sometimes i end up lifting the ball too much, and eventually off the table, sometimes the contact is too flat, sometimes the ball goes into the net.

Additionally, i am quite confused on adjusting the bat angle. I cannot seem to know when should i maintain an open bat angle, or a closed one.

This is resulting in my forehand being very inconsistent .

Can you provide me with some key factors that i need to work on?

Thank you in advance!

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Christian,

The adjustment of the angle of your racket is a very subtle thing but if you focus on the swing to start with with the start and finish position then you have a good base.

The next thing is to watch the ball closely as your opponent hits it and as it is coming towards you.  This will give you more information on the type of spin that is on the ball.  The more backspin the more open the angle of your bat needs to be and the more topspin the more you need to close your bat angle over.

If you are getting a good amount of topspin on the ball you will also have a better margin for error over the net.

Here is a previous answer with a video response for Premium members. Forehand Topspin Bat Angle

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Christian Habis

Christian Habis Posted 6 years ago

Most of the time , the balls i am trying to topspin are generally balls off a block. So if i make a successful attack, my opponent blocks it back, that is where i am having this issue. Should i lift the ball more off a block ? or come more forward?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Usually you can come more forward off the block because there is a bit of topspin already on the ball.

Christian Habis

Christian Habis Posted 6 years ago

Thank you!

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