My name is Tahl Leibovitz and I’m here at
SPiN, New York. I am a professional table tennis player who
has been competing internationally since 1995. I am here today to speak to you about the
intermediate and beginner aspects of the Olympic sport of table tennis. I am now going to demonstrate the forehand
loop. What’s really important is, in table tennis,
we have three types of balls that we go up against. Three or four really. One is when the person gives us really heavy
under-spin. When they give us really heavy under-spin
we need to use our legs, our hips, and our arm, and our forearm, and our wrist. So we basically get all the power in the loop
from our legs. It’s really important to know in table tennis
when we use the forehand loop that all the power comes from the legs, the hips, the forearm,
and the wrist. So everything gets transferred together. We’re trying to use a lot of the legs, the
hips and the forearm and we’re trying to transfer it into our hand so that we get enough speed
so that we can spin the ball. The forehand is a very important stroke in
table tennis. It’s used so that we can impart a lot of topspin
on the ball. For two reasons, one so that we can cause
the opponent to block the ball outside of the table, and the other is so that we can
loop the ball away from the opponent, like really fast. And that’s why the forehand loop is a stroke
used which got developed in the late 1980’s when they introduced speed glue to the sport
of table tennis. Now what happens here is again, we need to
pass the racket to the ball very quickly and we also need to know what part of the ball
to hit. If somebody gives us a heavy under-spin like
this where it has a lot of chop on it we need to hit under the ball so that we can make
it. If they give us topspin like this we need
to be able to try to hit the top of the ball. So that’s really important with the forehand
loop and transferring the weight. If you transfer the weight from one leg to
the other leg. And this is the forehand stroke just like

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32 thoughts on “How to Do a Table Tennis Forehand Loop | Ping Pong”

  1. I'm Sorry But Your Technique is all wrong. Now I'm not saying I'm better, but your stroke isn't consistent at all nor' does it show the fundamentals of the forehand loop. Type in Brian Pace Forehand Loop and watch that video. Notice the consistency and REAL weight transfer from your left leg to your right (for righties)

  2. Some useful tips to keep in mind but note the stroke demonstrated seems to deviate from the orthodox stroke in that the finish is across the body and not in a salute position.

  3. Tahl is talking about beginner and intermediate aspects of table tennis, not an advanced forearm stroke. Though there is no real right way to perform a forearm stroke as euro and asian forearm strokes are different.

  4. this is so wrong – especially in the post-contact phase – his arm is all over the place – painful to watch – sorry, mate, but it's got to be said.

  5. @leejunfang97 He competes in Paralympics. He has a disability. He has been representing the U.S. in international table tennis competitions since 1995 and has been competing in the Paralympic Games since 1996. Although Leibovitz did not medal in Beijing, has won medals in virtually every Paralympic table tennis category in which he has competed and has won nine gold medals at the Parapan American Games since 2003. I know his style is not pretty but he will beat you.

  6. To all wouldbe TT players.
    This person is doing the FH loop entirely incorreclty.
    His body position is WRONG.
    His execution is WRONG.
    His follow through is WRONG.
    He is clumsy.

  7. A lot of people saying he is doing a lot of things wrong ,,i think its ok not to do it all correctly , who is making the rules for what is right and what is wrong.
    If he is doing it all wrong why do he have so many medals ???

  8. Howcast pls stop him… It all wrong… No players must follow him.. His Looping technic is all over the place and face.. Not enough time to bring arm back for defence… Dont kill the students… Howcast pls filter or we wont subscribe your site.. Urgghhh

  9. remember asian players and european players have different looping styles because the chinese value speed, efficiency (most spin/power without losing too recovery time or balance). whereas the european players tend to value heavy-powered shots. this results in different forms. different forms may also result from different physiques (height, body mass, length of arm/legs) however the main concept is the same..

  10. Guys I am new to table tennis and there is something i don't understand about what he said. At 1:45 when he is explaining what to do when someone gives you heavy under-spin, how exactly are you supposed to hit under the ball with your forearm? Typically everytime someone gives my heavy underhand the ball is so low and drops so quickly that I can't imagine being able to hit the bottom of the ball with the loop technique he is describing here.

  11. Thank you all for your comments.  Let's see where to start:  I have limited mobility in my hips so I have to take a longer back swing with my forehand which is not correct.  That is when I am attacking.  When blocking I take no back swing.  
    Your forearm can lead the stroke when hitting the ball.  You also need to use your fingers when you contact the ball.  Hard to explain on here about the fingers.  
    When you are dealing with an under spin ball, you need to touch the bottom of the ball with your racket.  There is a how cast video here that talks about hitting different parts of the ball.  Good luck.

  12. Also My forehand loop is not very correct but the concepts are correct.  I have osteocondroma in both knees, ankles back and playing arm.  That limits my movement quite a bit and causes my elbow to go up during contact.  Also as I mentioned I have limited movement in my hips so instead of turning my waist I have to use excessive back swing.
    I just looked at the video.  The stroke I am explaining is completely correct.  Weight must get transferred from legs to hips to playing arm. Good luck.  Thanks again for all the comments.

  13. we cant say his technique bad or worst. Its his style. its good to have own style of playing. the fact that he have been playing in expert championship shows that his technique is correct, but different. and i belive that he is better than most of us here that gave negative comment. he won medals and made videos while you guys still searching for "how to loop" on youtube. so funny.

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