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Table Tennis/ Ping-Pong Basic Strokes - Backhand Loop Against Loop - Side View

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Ready Position
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© 2012 Greg Letts, licensed to About.com, Inc.
This tutorial is a companion to the backhand loop vs loop - front view tutorial, but showing a side view instead. Rather than repeat much of the front view version, I'll just be pointing out items that are relevant to the side view.

Points to look for:

  • The player is at a distance from the table where he can make contact with the ball at a comfortable height. Since the backhand loop vs loop is generally played anywhere from 6-8 feet from the table (or more), there is usually time to move to a position where the ball can be struck at the optimum height for the player.
  • The positioning of the right leg further back than the left leg is clear from this perspective. Bear in mind that the ball is coming to the player's backhand side from the diagonal, so the player is facing towards the oncoming ball. So actually the right foot is really only a few inches behind the left foot, although it could be placed further back without compromising the stroke.
  • The player is staying light on his feet, as shown by the lifting of his right heel. He is bouncing up and down on the balls of his feet to keep himself as mobile as possible.
  • The knee bend and forward lean from the waist is clear from the side view. This keeps the player balanced and with a lower center of gravity.

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