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Hey Alois and Jeff,
You had a similar question in one of your recent shows, but I am hoping this is different -
With a push that would bounce of the end of the table, if being in position isn't an issue, what is the difference in brushing/contact and arm speed if attempting to topspin the ball while it is still over the table (since you would have to use a more horizontal stroke) compared to the contact if you let the ball come further towards you which would allow for a more vertical stroke?
For me it seems much easier allowing for a more vertical topspin shot, but it also seems like there are substantial benefits from being able to topspin with more forward momentum.
If the ball is over the table you need to have a more horizontal swing so that you don’t hit the table with you racket. Therefore you also need a faster contact to provide enough friction to lift the backspin and get it over the net.
If the ball does come off the end of the table it is a much easier stroke to play as you can make the stroke more vertical.
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