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Table Tennis Basic Strokes - Forehand Loop Against Push

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End of Backswing
Photo of Forehand Loop vs Push - End of Backswing

End of Backswing

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The ball has just bounced on the table, and the backswing has finished.

Points to look for:

  • Much of the bodyweight has been transferred onto the right leg. This will allow the player to turn his hips, waist and shoulders to the right and then back to the left without losing balance.
  • The free arm has moved forward to help maintain balance, since the playing arm has continued to move backwards and downwards.
  • The left and right arms are now parallel to the end of the table. Notice that the shoulders have turned more than the hips and waist.
  • The right shoulder has dipped slightly more than the left shoulder, so that the left hand is higher than the right hand. The right hand is a little above and directly behind the right knee.
  • The head has turned to allow the player to keep watching the ball comfortably and closely.
  • Both knees have bent, to allow the player to get lower relative to the ball, since the direction of the forward stroke will be forwards and upwards.
  • Although it cannot be seen from this photo sequence, the player has paused his bat at the end of the backswing for a fraction of second before swinging forward.

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