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It is often said that looping a heavy backspin ball from backhand requires upward movement with legs to lift the ball. Is it true for the forehand loop, i.e. do I have to make an accelerated "jump" with my body to lift the ball over the net if I'm looping a heavy push/chop? Or dropping my right shoulder (I'm a rightie) is enough?
I tried to analyse the video with Zhang Jike and I saw that his legs nearly take off from the floor but I wonder if it is a conscious movement to lift the ball.
You don’t really need to lift off the floor in most cases. It is better if you transfer the power from the floor through your legs and remain balanced so that you are ready for the next ball. Try to use the angle of your blade and the speed of your bat to generate the lift. In exceptional circumstances when the ball is really heavy you can lift with your legs as well.
The video shows him playing against Joo Se Hyuk when there is a lot of backspin on the ball.
This applies for both forehand and backhand.
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