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Basement Ping-Pong Backhand Drive vs Topspin


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Start of Forward Swing
Photo of Basement Ping-Pong Backhand Drive vs Topspin - Start of Forward Swing

Start of Forward Swing

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The ball has moved into the reach of the player, who is swinging forward at the ball, and is about to make contact.

Points to look for:

  • The ball will be contacted at a comfortable height for the player, near the top of the bounce of the ball. Hitting the ball near the top of the bounce (where the ball is several inches higher than the net) makes it easier to hit the ball forwards, since the player does not have to hit the ball up to get the ball over the net, and then try to get the ball to drop down on the other side of the net.
  • Note the position of the ball relative to the player's body - contact will be made a little to the left of the player's midline, and well within the left side of his torso. This allows the player to play a balanced stroke, and is achieved by the positioning of the player's right elbow a little outside his right hip - at no time does the right elbow cross further than the right hip.
  • The player is also starting to push upwards with his legs, using the force produced to help lift the ball.
  • It is worth noticing that during the upward pushing of the legs, the player is placing a little more weight on his left leg. This photograph shows the start of this process. This slight lean acts as a counterbalance to the upwards and sideways movement of the player's right forearm during the forward swing, and stops the player from being pulled off balance at the end of the swing.
  • The free arm is being held in position, and does not move throughout the stroke. This is because there is no large body turn during the stroke, so there is no need to use the free arm to balance the body.
  • The racket is being swung forwards and upwards, around the playing elbow.
  • The player has tracked the ball with his eyes right up to the point of contact.

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