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Table Tennis Basic Strokes - Forehand Loop Against Block

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The forehand loop against block should be learnt soon after beginning to learn to loop against a push. This is because after your first loop stroke is made (which is typically against a push), most opponents will block your loop back to you in an attempt to control your attack. So the second attack you make will typically be against a block stroke.

The idea behind this stroke is to hit the ball with fast speed and with enough topspin to bring the ball down on the table deep on the opponent's court. The amount of spin used will vary from player to player, according to personal preference.

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Points to look for:

  • The feet are placed with the right foot slightly further back than the left foot, to make it easier to put weight on the right leg during the stroke.
  • Most of the weight is on the balls of the feet to allow quicker movement. Too much weight on the heels will slow down movement, and too much weight on the toes will affect balance.
  • The weight is evenly distributed between the left and right legs.
  • The knees are bent and the feet are around one and a half times shoulder width apart. The torso is also leaning slightly forward. This gives a lower center of gravity for better balance, and allows for easy movement in all directions.
  • Shoulders are in line with the legs, with the right shoulder slightly behind the left.
  • The arms are held roughly shoulder width apart, with around a 90 degree angle at the elbow. The bat should be above the table to allow easy stroking of short balls.
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