Sidespin forehand help

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 8 years ago

Luca Morpurgo

Luca Morpurgo Asked 8 years ago

Hello Alois, this is Luca, a big fan of yours. 

Whenever I try to do a forehand loop/put sidespin on the ball, it doesn't work. Like said in one of your videos, I drop/hook my wrist. When I proceed to hitting the shot, I hit it, brush against the side of the ball, but all it does is put topspin on it and the hook just makes it go at a different angle. I know this because I tried using a spin tester ball, and I was not getting any side spin whatsoever, just an angled topspin shot. I have a fairly good paddle with sticky rubber, and I do not know why I can't get any sidespin on the ball. Please help and reply because I do not have a coach in real life that can help me. 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Luca,

Often when we do these strokes we feel we are doing something different to what we actually are.  Try to get a video and film yourself playing the stroke and then watch it back.  You can even just use a phone camera for a few seconds and see what is looks like.  Then compare it to the lesson we have on the stroke and see if you can pick up an y differences.

You will probably find that at the point of contact you are changing the angle of your racket slightly to go straight over the top of the ball.


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Luca Morpurgo

Luca Morpurgo Posted 8 years ago

Thank you Alois! I will try that as soon as possible.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Let me know how it works out for you.



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