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Table Tennis/ Ping-Pong Basic Strokes - Forehand Smash Against a Lob

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End of Backswing
Photo of Forehand Smash Against Lob - End of Backswing

End of Backswing

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The player has reached the end of his backswing, and is just beginning his forward swing to hit the ball.

Points to look for:

  • The free arm has moved forward, beginning the process of turning the body back towards the player's left, adding to the power of the stroke.
  • The bat is still held fairly low, since this player uses a little topspin when smashing the ball, and as such will have a slightly upward swing.
  • The left leg has risen onto the toes, and will move forward in subsequent photographs as the forward swing continues.
  • The right knee has straightened, as the player pushes up and forward from the right leg, adding to the power of the stroke.
  • The playing arm has not yet moved forward, and will actually be the last part of the body to move forward into the ball.
  • The player is still maintaining a close eye on the flight of the ball.

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