Fast Looping against backspin

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 1 month ago

Michael Lam

Michael Lam Asked 1 month ago

Hi Alois and Jeff,

When I try to loop against a long backspin push, with a slow spinny loop I have no problem. But when I try to do a power loop/loop drive, the ball ends up going into the net a lot.

thank you


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 month ago

Hi Michael,

The transition from a slow spinny loop to a power loop against backspin can indeed be challenging. When you're executing a slow spinny loop, you are likely focusing on brushing the ball finely to generate spin, which gives the ball an arc that helps it clear the net. During a power loop, you're aiming for more speed, which requires a different contact on the ball and a slightly different swing path. Here are some tips to make your power loops against backspin more effective and consistent:

For a power loop, you'll need a slightly more closed bat angle compared to the slow spinny loop. This helps offset the added speed and ensures that the topspin you generate can still lift the ball over the net.

The point of contact during a power loop is crucial. Try to hit the ball at the top of its bounce or slightly after. If you contact the ball too early or too late, the increased forward momentum is more likely to send the ball into the net or off the end of the table.

Even though you're adding speed, you still need to brush the ball to generate enough topspin. The motion should be a combination of upward and forward movement to balance speed and spin.

Ensure that you're engaging your legs, waist, and shoulders in the shot. This helps you generate more power without relying solely on your arm and also contributes to a fluid, whip-like motion.

Proper footwork will put you in the best position to execute a powerful loop. Make sure to pivot properly and align your body to the ball's position for the most effective shot.

A common mistake is to slow down the arm at contact during a power loop. You want to accelerate through the ball, committing to the shot to produce both the necessary speed and topspin.

A good follow-through helps with consistency and power. Make sure your follow-through is in the direction where you want the ball to go, and that it is a smooth continuation of your swing.

Remember that consistency with a power loop will come with a lot of practice. Start with a lower speed and gradually increase it as you become more consistent. Mixing in slower loops with faster ones in drills can help you develop a feel for the different strokes. Finally, don't get discouraged; the power loop against backspin is a complex stroke that even high-level players work to perfect. Keep training and evaluating your technique, and the consistency will improve with time.


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