Executing Table Tennis Shots 03 – Andy Forehand Shadow 1


This video will be an analysis of Andy’s forehand
topspin shadow swing. I’m a big fan of shadow swinging to learn
table tennis shots, however it’s very important that you get the swing right, or you’ll be
cementing errors that will be difficult to remove later. Let’s take a look at Andy’s shadow swing. The first thing that stands out to me is Andy’s
locked wrist. He may even be holding his thumb up the center
of the forehand rubber which pretty much ensures the wrist will be stiff. The had of the bat never points back further
than the side wall. If the forearm was loose, the bat should have
at least naturally dropped down to point somewhere here. If you take a look at my shadow swing, you’ll
notice the head of my bat goes back much further than Andy’s as a result of my relaxed forearm. Yes, my swing is bigger, but I see no reason
to restrict it, as I’m not under pressure from a fast oncoming ball. Of course the swing would be smaller if I
was up against a fast block. You can see that the bat is actually facing
here in this shot. It’s not something I deliberately did and
its just the result of a more relaxed swing. What happens at the end of the backswing hasn’t
really been investigated properly. In this side on view, I’m trying to relax
my forearm as much as possible, to get maximum whip by getting the timing right. But is this what actually happens in reality? Let’s take a look. Here is my forehand topspin
against block. Let’s focus in on what happens at the end
of the backswing. You be the judge. As for Andy, I’d like to see him really
relax this shadow swing, especially his forearm. Let’s see if he can induce some natural
whip by better timing the backswing and stroke. Let’s give Andy a little time to get some
more footage through to me with improvements.

2 thoughts on “Executing Table Tennis Shots 03 – Andy Forehand Shadow 1

  1. Another great video, and this is the one I was wondering about, Brett. I can relax my wrist on the backhand, but have had trouble with the same concept on the forehand. I must say that your swing against block does not show the same level of relaxation as in the shadow swing. Your shadow swing points to the side wall at the bottom, and your block swing points to floor at the bottom. Also, I also dont see the backward cupping of the wrist displayed in the shadow at the bottom in your block swing. Does one learn this swing by over exaggerating the moment during the shadow swing and really loosening up with the goal to be coming somewhat close to this in the "real" swing? Thanks once again.

  2. I come back to this video because of your excellent position while hitting, Brett. I really like your relatively stable leg position while hitting. I took a lesson from a Chinese coach, and he was working with me to bend at the legs, then drive up into the ball. Is this a difference in style from how you teach, or is your teaching more in line with the abilities of mere table tennis mortals? Thanks once again.

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