Table Tennis Basic Strokes - Backhand Loop Against Block - Front View
By Greg Letts
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© 2011 Greg Letts, licensed to About.com, Inc.
This step by step explanation of the front view of a backhand loop vs block is a companion article to the Backhand Loop vs Block - Side View
article, so I will focus on discussing those aspects relevant to the front view, rather than just repeating all the same information.
Points to look for:
- The player is in the middle of a small jump to adjust his position slightly, and is coming down into his crouch, as you will see from the bending of his knees is subsequent photographs.
- Since the player is using a robot that is throwing the balls with medium speed and a light amount of topspin in order to simulate a blocked ball, he knows what direction the ball is coming and is "cheating" a little with his racket angle, holding the racket tilted in order to make playing a backhand a little easier. Against a live opponent, the racket edge would be straight up and down, and pointed more towards the center line of the table.