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Table Tennis Basic Strokes - Forehand Loop Against Block

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Ready Position
Photo of Forehand Loop Against Block - Front View - Ready Position

Ready Position

© 2011 Greg Letts, licensed to About.com, Inc.
This tutorial is a companion to the forehand loop vs block - 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:

  • The player is shown in the middle of a forehand loop vs block drill, and he is currently transitioning from the recovery to his ready position straight into the preparation for his next stroke. This is a common occurrence during a match, where under pressure the player will blend his recovery process together with his preparation process.
  • The free arm is already starting to point towards the player's right, in preparation for the upcoming stroke.
  • A robot was used to feed the ball in this sequence, and was set to a medium speed with light topspin to simulate a block landing mid-table.

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