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Basement Ping-Pong Backhand Drive vs Topspin

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Start of Return to Ready Position
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Start of Return to Ready Position

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The player is in the middle of the return to his ready position before the next stroke.

Points to look for:

  • The player has let his playing arm drop to move his bat back into the ready position.
  • His knees have bent as he returns to his basic crouch position. He is also pushing to his right to bring his body weight back to both legs equally.
  • As the player continues to drop his racket arm, the tip of the racket will be pointed forward again, ready to move into a backhand or forehand stroke with ease. Try to avoid waiting with the tip of your bat pointing to the left or right, since that will favor one side at the expense of the other.
  • The player is turning his shoulders back to his right in order to bring them back into a neutral position, equally favorable for forehand or backhand strokes.

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