Lifting Legs against heavy backspin

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

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Ilia Minkin

Ilia Minkin Asked 8 years ago

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. 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Ilia,

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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Douglas Hill

Douglas Hill Posted 7 years ago


When you say, "use the angle of your blade" do you mean to open the blade so the contact is less fine?

Ilia Minkin

Ilia Minkin Posted 7 years ago

I think that it is very important to adjust the angle to every ball you hit -- the more the backspin, the more open the blade. But sometimes it is very difficult to assess the amount of backspin and it leads to errors :(

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

Hi Douglas,

Open the blade and still contact finely by making your stroke more vertical.  Let me know if this is clearer.

Douglas Hill

Douglas Hill Posted 7 years ago

Yes, it's clearer. This is what I do. I thought I might be missing an element of technique.

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