How to do a fast and powerful loop against backspin

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

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Jasper Low

Jasper Low Asked 1 month ago

Hi pingskills, so far against backspin i can lift the ball and produce heavy heavy topspin that is very difficult for a lot of players to block. Im thinking of doing a powerful loop because it could be effective as a variation tactic. I tried a few times doing the Powerful loop with different racket angles but none worked so far. So how is it done?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 month ago

Hi Jasper,

It's great to hear that you have developed a heavy topspin loop against backspin! Adding a faster and more powerful loop to your repertoire is definitely a good way to introduce variation and keep your opponent on their toes.

To execute a powerful loop against backspin, consider the following key elements:

To generate more power, start with a lower center of gravity by bending your knees. Ensure that you are in a balanced position and that you have enough space to swing through the ball.

You still need a good amount of backswing to generate power. Your forearm should be relaxed during this phase to allow for a rapid acceleration later.

For a powerful loop, accelerate your racket speed just before contact with the ball. Make sure to time the contact point so that you're hitting the ball as it's rising after the bounce. This will help you counter the backspin and propel the ball forward with speed.

With a faster loop, the racket angle can be slightly more closed compared to a loop that prioritizes spin. However, you'll need to find the right balance to still lift the backspin without sending the ball into the net. Focus on brushing the ball forward with a strong contact, aiming for the upper half of the ball to impart both topspin and forward momentum.

The follow-through for a powerful loop should be more forward than upward, indicating the transfer of your energy in the direction you want the ball to go. Don't hold back—allow your arm to naturally conclude its motion.

Use your hips and shoulders to rotate into the shot, and transfer your weight from your back foot to your front foot as you swing. This full-body action is vital for incorporating power into your stroke.

As with any advanced stroke in table tennis, practice is key. Work on adjusting the elements mentioned above to find the most effective motion for your powerful loop. Remember, the goal of the powerful loop isn't just raw speed; it's the combination of speed, spin, and placement that makes the shot effective as a variation tactic. Continue to work on it and soon you'll be able to seamlessly integrate this powerful loop into your game, keeping your opponents guessing and on the defensive.


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Jasper Low

Jasper Low Posted 1 month ago

Would this be possible against a heavy backspin ball from a chopper? I recently played against a short pips chopper who could return my loops all the time because i was always lifting his chops predictably 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 month ago

Hi Jasper,

Yes it is still possible.  Just need more speed with your racket and maybe compromise with slightly more upward.


Jasper Low

Jasper Low Posted 1 month ago

And speaking of backspin, there's one time I rmb practicing looping chops with my coach and there was a long pimple chop that was so spinny and low that if I open the bat angle ,it would just float off the end of the table completely and even if i just close it slightly,it goes into the net. What do i do with this ball?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 month ago

Hi Jasper,

There is no amount of backspin that a player can impart that is not able to be countered with topspin and the angle of your racket.  It is a matter of getting the angle and speed of brushing the ball to counter the backspin effectively.  It may look impossible at times but with a lot of practice you will be able to do it.



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