Shoulder in forehand topspin

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

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Dariusz Rypień

Dariusz Rypień Asked 1 month ago

Hello,

What's the role of the shoulder in a forehand topspin stroke? Should it be used in any of stages or is it only a snap from the elbow and shoulder remains still?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 month ago

Hi Dariusz,

The shoulder remains still but the join in the shoulder is loose and allows the movement of the arm freely.

You can get rotation from the waist which will feel like you are moving the shoulder but the muscles around the shoulder are not working hard at all.


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Dariusz Rypień

Dariusz Rypień Posted 1 month ago

Ok, so forehand topspin is only a stroke from a lower arm as far as the role of arm is concerned? 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 month ago

The upper arm still moves as well but the shoulder ball and socket are doing the work not the muscles around the shoulder.


Dariusz Rypień

Dariusz Rypień Posted 1 month ago

Ok, I think I know what you mean. So that's what I'm currently trying to do. Thanks for making me sure that I'm on the right track :).


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 month ago

No problem.  Let me know how you get on.



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