Contact Point for Serve & Forehand Loop in Table Tennis


Welcome back to my channel. A place to learn table tennis correctly and
with fun. Finally, I have time to make another Ping
Sunday video. Today, we talk about
the “Contact Point” in table tennis. What is the appropriate contact point on
the racket that makes consistent deliver in every execution? Hit the ball at the right position on the
racket is very important in table tennis. Many
players lose power on their forehand topspin attack because they contact the ball
at the wrong position. Today, we learn the optimal contact point
for the serve, and for the forehand loop. A good contact point will maximize the power
of your shots. BEST CONTACT POINT
FOR THE FOREHAND TOPSPIN A player asked me “Hi coach. When I do the forehand stroke,
the contact point is not at the center of the bat. Is it correct?” He also sent me some photos of top player
forehand topspin. Well. This is your table tennis racket. First of all,
let’s divide your racket into several parts. Divide the racket into the 4×4 array like
this. Point (1,1) is at the bottom left. Point (4,4) is at the top right. Based on the Chinese coach, the optimal contact
position for the forehand loop is the point (3,3). This point gives you the most consistent quality. Near the
head of the racket to get maximize speed. Near the upper side of the racket
to minimize the power lost. If you hit the ball at the point (2,2) or
(2,3), you will lose some of the power. If you hit
at the point (4,2) or (4,3), this point offers you the highest velocity of the racket,
but you may miss your shots. Let’s take a look at the top player’s technique. You can clearly see that Zhang Jike
hits the ball at the (3,3) position. A good table tennis coach can also quickly
identify if you are a good player or not by looking at your racket. A good player always hit the ball at the same
position. This is the personal racket of Ma Long. You can see that the mark on his racket. The best contact point is clearly near the
(3,2) and (3,3) position. This is the forehand loop slow motion of Fan
Zhendong, filmed by kroliknor. It’s amazing! You can clearly see the contact point! If you ask another Chinese coach about this
contact point. You will get the same
answer. On mytabletennis, there is a topic “Ask a
top level Chinese coach anything”. Mickd from Japan has the opportunity to talk
with top Chinese coach. Question: When doing a Forehand loop, where
is the contact point on the racket surface? Answer: This is the position (near the top
edge of the racket). Question: Does this point vary when looping
underspin and topspin ball? Answer: No, same position for both top and
underspin. You also find another concept that I’ve explained
in my previous videos. For example,
about the grip. The key is having a fully relaxed grip. This will help you accelerate
at the right moment. Top Chinese coach focuses a lot on the feeling
and the grip. BEST CONTACT POINT
FOR THE SERVE The contact point is very important for the
table tennis serve. By varying the
contact point, you can increase or decrease the spin, and speed of your serve. Mastering the contact point is the key to
make a deceptive serve. If you want to maximize spin in your serve,
you should contact the ball near the head of the racket. Because on these points, the velocity, the
speed is highest. If you want to make the heavy underspin serve,
contact the ball at the position (4,2). If you want to make the heavy topspin serve,
contact the ball at the position (4,3). If you want to make a fast long serve, hit
the ball at the head of the racket. How to make a deceptive serve? With the same motion, but now you change the
contact point, you can change the spin of your serve. In the real match, if you
want to serve a less spin, floating serve, you contact the ball near the handle
of the racket. Contact at the (1,2) or (2,2) position will
make a no-spin, floating serve no matter what your serving motion. This no-spin serve is very effective because
the opponent will push the ball high, so you can easily
attack this ball. Top Chinese player often contacts the ball
near the head of the racket to maximize spin. They always add “side-spin” to their serves. Contact at (4,2) for pendulum serve. Contact at (4,3) for reverse pendulum serve. That’s it for today. I really want to thank “kroliknor” for his
footage. I also want to thank
my supporters! You are my motivation! I’m very busy, but your feedback has
motivated me a lot! Thank you Charles, and many other fox 🙂
Wish you enjoy and play more table tennis! See you, EmRatThich.

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