Straight path the right way to loop

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 7 years ago

Carlos Juan

Carlos Juan Asked 7 years ago

I teach my students to loop with a straight path, but I read that many players use curving paths, including some top players. For example, against backspin many players loop kill with a stroke where the racket curves upward during the swing, while others loop off the bounce with a swing that curves forward as they swing. What is the right way?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Carlos,

Focus on a straight path.  It is the simplest way to learn and maintain consistency.  Of you are curving the path of your stroke, it then becomes more dependent on the timing of the curve.  If you hit the ball slightly later the bat will be facing up or down.

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D K Posted 7 years ago

So it is bad when I start with opened bat and then I continually close my bat during a stroke?

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