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Basement Ping-Pong Backhand Drive vs Topspin

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End of Backswing
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End of Backswing

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The ball has bounced on the table, and the backswing has finished.

Points to look for:

  • The racket is now around mid thigh. Compare this to the height of the bat in the backhand counterhit - the lower position is due to the player needing to swing more upwards to add a little more topspin to the ball, in order to bring the ball down on the other side of the table when the ball has been hit with more power. Also note how much further back the bat has been moved - although this will be more apparent from the side view.
  • The waist and legs are at a slight angle to the endline, while the right shoulder has moved forward a little.
  • The racket angle is only slightly closed, since the racket is not very grippy. The ball will tend to slide off the racket at impact, meaning that the player will be limited in how much spin he can generate, and how much upward force he can produce by brushing the ball.
  • The bat has been brought back into a position where the player can swing forward through the ball straight towards his target on the other side of the table. This increases the chances that the player will make good contact with the ball, especially when under pressure from a strong shot by his opponent, since the player's timing can be slightly wrong but he will still make contact.

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