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Table Tennis Basic Strokes - Forehand Loop Against Push

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I would recommend making the forehand loop against a pushed ball the first of the advanced strokes that you learn for a couple of reasons.
  1. In more advanced play, the first attacking stroke is usually a loop against a pushed ball.
  2. The backspin from the push will force you to perform the stroke with good form, or you are unlikely to successfully hit the ball on the table.

The idea behind this stroke is to hit the ball around six inches over the net with medium-fast to fast speed and heavy topspin to help bring the ball down on the other side of the table.

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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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