Counterhits vs. Loops

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 9 years ago

Horace He

Horace He Asked 9 years ago

I'm somewhat confused about the differences between counterhits and loops. Is the counterhit just a loop with less topspin? I've watched your videos on both counterhits and loops, and I'm somewhat confused.

Finally, given that you have a reliable loop, is there any reason to hit a counterhit if you can hit a loop?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Horace,

You are right, the topspin or loop is just a counterhit with more topspin, starting a lower and brushing the ball more.

Having these strokes similar will make switching between them easier and will make it easier to adapt during a rally.


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Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Once a player has developed a reliable loop, it is used far more than the counterhit.



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