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Table Tennis Basic Strokes - Backhand Block Against Loop - Front View

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Ready Position
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© 2011 Greg Letts, licensed to About.com, Inc.
This tutorial is a companion to the backhand block vs loop - side view tutorial, but showing a front view perspective instead. Rather than repeat much of the side view version, I'll just be pointing out items that are relevant to the front view.

Points to look for:

  • Since the player is practicing a backhand block vs loop drill, his racket is slightly tilted to favor his backhand block. In a block vs loop drill with random loop placement, his racket edge would be perpendicular to the floor.
  • The feet are placed with the right foot slightly further back than the left foot.
  • The knees are bent and the feet are around one and a half times shoulder width apart.
  • The arms are held roughly shoulder width apart, with around a 90 degree angle at the elbow.
  • The player is well balanced to move in any direction and play any stroke that is required, even though he is expecting to perform a backhand block.
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