Forehand Counterhit

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

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Spinny Asked 1 year ago

Hello Alois,

I have a fairly consistent, fast counterhit; but I finish past my left eyebrow. If I stop near my left eyebrow, the ball rarely goes over the net; it just makes the stroke vertical, without much forward motion. I don't finish much past my left eyebrow, but it might become a problem at higher levels. I try to stop by my left eyebrow but the stroke doesn't work as well as it does when I stop past my eyebrow. How might I fix this, and what might be wrong?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 year ago


It sounds like you need to think about the racket moving forward first before it goes up to your eyebrow.  You can do this by using some rotation with your waist.  By rotating your waist the racket will naturally move more forward and you will get the ball moving more forward than upwards.

Give this a try and let me know how you get on.

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Spinny Posted 1 year ago

Thank you.

I do remember that my counterhits worked a lot better when I twisted my waist. Recently I have not been twisting my waist in my shots; that makes sense why they would not work.

I probably should have said that it goes long a lot of times too. This is probably from the same reason though: not enough forward brushing action to make the ball go over the net and curve downwards.

What kind of racquet angle should you have when you contact the ball: flat or closed?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 year ago

The racket can be with flat to start with. As you advance in sued and the sued if racket you use you can turn your racket more forward. 

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