Welcome to the channel of coach EmRatThich. Today, I talk about “How to increase Spin
in your table tennis shots: serve, loop, push, forehand topspin, backhand flip. Geison asked me “how to generate a lot spin
in the services like the chinese players? The Chinese philosophy says that there are
3 aspects of a table tennis shot: spin, speed and power. Spin is the most important of these 3 terms. The spiny ball but slow is not powerful. The fast ball without spin is not powerful. The
powerful ball is the ball loaded of spin and speed. LQL always mentioned these
aspects as the “quality” of the shot. Due to the difference in philosophy between
Western countries and China, the approach in table tennis is different (for
low level coaching only). In China, they focus first in spin. The beginner players are asked to spin the
ball in their first lessons. These lessons are crucial as the beginner
players learn to develop their stroke and their feeling of
the ball. For the young kids, the ball can land not
very far, not very dangerous, but at this stage you must learn to spin the ball. As without spin, you can’t control the ball. When you improve your technique and develop
a good mechanism of stroke, you can now focus on the speed and power in
next step without sacrifice of the spin. Look at the quality of Xu Ruifeng’s ball,
always very spiny. He is the top
Regional level. His ball is also very powerful and fast. The ball lands almost near
the end of the table. And at the word top level, look at the ball
of Zhang Jike. His ball is very very
spiny and always land at the borderline of the table. It’s very difficult to return
his ball. The quality is very good. Spin, fast and powerful. In Western countries, the approach is different. Some amateurs players just look
at “pro’s table tennis equipment” but don’t focus enough in “how to spin the
ball”. At the beginning stage, they already use a
fast to very fast blade. They never
have enough time to develop a full mechanism of the stroke. They can’t hit the
ball very hard because if they hit hard the ball without spin will mostly go out of
the table. Their stroke is short and is not fully developed. By using a very fast
equipment, the training is less efficient. Remember: in the training stage, feeling
of the ball is the most important. I will show you the best way to improve your
spiny strokes by drawing these 2 diagrams. The first approach is: you must learn how
to spin the ball first and then learn how to increase the speed in the next step. Focus on spin and how to control the ball. To increase the speed, you must increase your
physical strength (more important). And then upgrade the equipment (only when
you reach the limit in physical strength). Your level goes up, now you can hit harder. The ball is faster, spinner, and
land farther on the table. To upgrade the equipment, upgrade the rubber
first: choose faster, harder rubber. Don’t change the blade first, it can disrupt
your playing style. If the speed is not enough, upgrade progressively
the speed of the blade. That’s why the equipment of top Chinese players
always end up with a very hard and tacky rubber, but only OFF- to OFF blade. The second approach which is preferred in
Western countries. Focus first on the
speed by using a very fast blade OFF to OFF++ blade, carbon blade. But the ball
has not enough spin. Without spin is the same as without control
which can lead to lacks of confidence and many unforced errors. The player can’t hit hard and
therefore can’t develop a full mechanism of stroke. I play table tennis in Europe, so I know clearly
this problem. In some clubs, the coach just say “hey, let’s
do some drills on the table” but never ever explain these principles to the
new players. HOW TO SPIN THE BALL ?
HOW TO INCREASE SPIN IN TABLE TENNIS STROKES ?
The only and the one key point to spin the ball is ……..
ACCELERATION ! There is a good question on PingSkill: “Speed
or Acceleration for more spin”. The coach answered “how much time you have
and how long your swing can be”. It seems to me that this question is not fully
explained. Coach Larry Hodges also discussed “You get
more spin if you accelerate into the
ball.The players sink the ball into the sponge, but not graze the ball enough. Why? Why “acceleration” is so much important. There are 2 main reasons: 1. Table tennis is not a tennis sport. The ball weight is only 2.7g. A young player with a medium physical strength
can become a world champion. Tomokazu Harimoto is the World Junior Table
Tennis Champion at the age of 13. His ball is very fast and spiny. It is not because he hits the ball
very strong, but it is because he can accelerate the ball very fast. It’s not
how hard you hit the ball, but it’s how fast you hit the ball in a short
amount of time will decide the amount of spin. 2. The contact occurs only in a fraction of second. To spin the ball, you
must apply force during this moment. The ball touches the
rubber, you continue to apply the force by acceleration, the rubber is
compressed, and release this power to spin to the ball. All of these
process occurs very fast. That’s why the more you accelerate, the more
power is transfered to spin the ball. Mr. Liu has translated the article “The physics
behind a powerful forehand loop” in Chinese Table Tennis Magazine into English. I have explained these principles previously:
Relax before hitting the ball, body force rotation from the hip, power from the ground,
grip the ball loosely. You can see that these principles are also
confirmed by the Scientific researches. Kojima also publish an article in the Journal
of Sport Science “Kinematics of table tennis topspin forehands: effects of performance
level and ball spin”. Very interesting results ! “The racket speed
at impact of the advanced players and intermediate players are not significantly
different. The ability to
accelerate the racket in less time is an important factor that affects the
performance level.” Kojima et al., University of Tokyo This result is also cited in another research.The
ability to accelerate the racket rapidly during forward swing is an important
factor for increasing ball speed and spin. VUONG Linh-Son, Master in STAPS, coach sportif, also analysed this aspect. In this sport, which prefers the speed and the anticipation, the speed of execution of the gesture and the ability to reproduce high speed and high frequency strokes will be paramount. The players should know how to accelerate their strokes. The capability of acceleration of the racket at the moment of contact is very important in this sport. Because it induces an increase in the speed and the rotation of the ball. It’s worth noting that the speed and spin
does not come only from the rubber, they come also from the blade and the technique. The blade helps you to transfer the force
from your stroke to the rubber. The technique requires you to make a follow
through and rotate your hip. The follow through occurs from the moment
the ball touches the racket to the moment before the ball leaves the racket. The follow through is the main force
that makes the ball go forward which contribute mainly to the speed of the ball. That means at the moment of contact, you should
accelerate to spin the ball, and you should also rotate your hip to make a follow
though to increase the speed. Rotating your
hip is faster than snapping your forearm and will definitely help you to accelerate at
the moment of contact. Furthermore, the mechanism of this action
will “lift” the ball and make the ball go forward. The “lift” force also spins the ball. Fix the position before hitting the ball. Hit the ball very fast at a short amount of
time. Use the hip to transfer this force. Continue the follow through to make the ball
go forward. Now, you understand the best way to improve
in table tennis. You also understand why
the Chinese technique is superior: the use of the hip, power from the ground, relax
before hitting, explode at the moment of hitting. I’ve explained these tips in the previous
videos. And today, I show you some scientific research
about these aspects. So please remember, “spin” is the key in table
tennis. To make the ball spin, think about
“acceleration”. In your training sessions, try to accelerate
at the moment of contact in your shots: top spin, backspin push, flip,
backhand topspin, counter loop, aggressive block, chop. You will realize that the quality of your
shots increase dramatically. You can also do much
more easier now some shots (for example backhand flip on the table) that struggle you
before. That’s it for today. And the final word, I always say to my players:
“In Spin We Trust !” See you next Sunday. Coach EmRatThich.

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100 thoughts on “How to Spin Like a Pro: Table Tennis Techniques”

  1. The background music is so annoying and distracting. Find it very difficult listen to you. Didn't end up watching the whole video.

  2. IS THE SPEED THE QUALITATIVE FACTOR, not only in table tennis but in all sports, much effect but slow or much effect but fast?

  3. but why zhang j.k. used the butterfly viscaria its an off + blade and also ma long used his blade with zl carbon in it? hope you teach me more cause I need to really defeat my rival
    thank you emrathich

  4. Hi coach! I recently got T05 and think its too fast for me to learn the proper strokes and to spin the ball. I'm thinking of getting a slower rubber. Do you think that Donic Bluefire M1 or M2 is a good one for me to change to?

  5. Hi EmRatThich is there a Chinese technique for maintaining a calm focus, even when you are losing? I see the Chinese players talk to themselves very quiet when they make mistakes. Then they mentally reset for the next point. Do coaches train them in the mental game?

  6. Reading the article on coaching.com. "To learn to graze the ball, just toss one up and graze it with your racket, making it spin." Not too sure what to do here. Please elaborate the meaning of grazing the ball.

  7. Should you do a video where you explain chinese body training. I've seen some clip where they train, for example rope jumping, or stretching, or elastic for the shoulders, tool for trunk/hip etc…

  8. My favourite video so far by you, @EmRatThich. Thank you! I already know these stuffs, but you shared excellent researches supporting the information. I'll sub this to spanish as soon as I get some time. By now, my job and my master in physics don't leave me much to play with.

  9. Hi coach. I adapt my stroke to the "power from ground" technique but it only works when i have the right position. It works really well if i stand right. The ball literaly shoots out of my paddle even if i dont use any power.

    I have only startet tabletennis because of my crutiate ligament tear(because i can play a bit without running), but now i can run again and i want to know how to get footwork like the chinese players. I was pre injury pretty fast but i never learned the right technique to move around the table because i havent played tabletennis there.

    I have played basketball before my injury so i am very good at doing defensive slides. Is this movement similar. You slide and not jump though. Also what kind of drills could i do to get the feeling for footwork best?

  10. Hi, it was a nice video. And I've been searching videos about chopper/defensive players in your channel. But couldn't find anything. It'd be nice if you make one.

  11. a young player can become a world champion, Tomokazu is the world junior champion…. Ok… so u dont have to be a young player to play in world junior ? LOL !!!!

  12. I'm halfway through the video but I already subscribed, great work and I hope you keep it up because there's not that many channels on youtube that discuss this sport.

  13. You are the best online table tennis coach I've seen so far. Your videos are VERY informative. I appreciate that you actually do this for free! Thanks, my RPB improved in your previous video. 🙂

  14. Mentioning those wrong methods and philosophies are much more important. one will never become a good player without knowing and correcting the mistakes that s/he is doing years after years

  15. We European are so Inferior in comparison to the Chinese superiority 😀

    Thank you for the Video, I'll try to implement

  16. these videos are great! so clear and well explained, i have never listened to something like this… sadly i cant train anymore

  17. It could be said that deception and trajectory are the 2 other important factors. My coach from Haiti always taught me the 5 factors for good tt. Good video. I'll definitely start changing my stroke a little.

  18. Informative and in depth suggestion brother :D. Are you living in VN or abroad? I've been following your channel since it was "Em rat thich Gaming" :)). Your English are getting better as well.

    Thank you for your hard work 🙂

  19. Dear Emrat, I'm trying to translate this video,. but there's part in French. Please check. I'm almost done with the translation, just missing french part.

  20. yes, it's how we proceed in taijiquan too. slow careful going at first, and then we accelerate more and more until the acceleration is like an explosion using power gently and easily via long jin it won't hurt them, medium jin hurts/disrupts or short jin does the same but chronically with little physical movement with the effects being more pronounced and immediate too.

  21. Hey I just found your channel and its great, Im starting to learn table tennis and I think my equipment is as you said, too fast for my skills, I have 1 year learning and playing on this equipment but I feel like I dont have the basic, I would like to go back to the start and learn properly the feel of the ball and how to spin it properly, can you recommend a good rubber? my setup right now is TENERGY 05 2.1 for my forehand and a CALIBRA LT 2.0 Red for my back hand, what rubber do you recommend for learning the feel and spin? great channel!

  22. Hello Coach, Thanks for helpful videos. What rubber width do you suggest for intermediate players and a which hard rubber to use.

  23. Hey Coach,
    Can you give me a recommendation for a premade racket or a custom racket combination that's good for beginners learning their strokes? Thanks!

  24. I'm from egypt and my son Amr plays t.t he is 10 years old, here we don't have a Coach how can choose the proper blade and rubber to my son . what can I do ? please tell me

  25. sir I am from India for one year I am having such problems in controlling the speed and I am having a good spin, so what should I do too improve my forehand topspin very powerful with super spin, what special practice should I do to improve my forehand topspin, please help me.

  26. sir I am an amateur player of tt.i haven't found a good coach yet.can u tell me some basic exercises to improve my topspins and smashes?? kindly let me know at your earliest…..

  27. The science isn't exactly correct in the article. There is no physically possible way for the advanced players to be hitting the ball at the same speed as the intermediate players and produce a faster ball. Period. They have to have calculated the speed at impact wrong. The principle is still true though, if you have faster acceleration, then the middle of your swing (where you should be contacting the ball) will have a higher speed

  28. Whenever I try to accelerate the ball, I almost always get out of position/out of balance which will cause me to miss the ball returning. I think it is because I use more energy than I should. Any more additional tips?

  29. I think you misunderstand generating spin on tt ball. There are two factors that determine the spin of a tt ball: 1. The racket speed and 2. contact angle. This is high school physics. Only Coach Larry Hudges says that acceleration is the key ingredient to spin; I totally disagree with him. I think his reasoning is based on intuition, not science. I think he needs to crack open a high school physics book. Also, to accelerate the racket moment before impact (ball contact) is ludicrous. It take tremendous amount of skill and visual acuity to determine the moment before contact.

    I also take issue with Kajima. He said, "When the paddle hits the ball its kinetic energy is reduced." I also think it is reduced but the reduction is probably insignificant. Did he measure the KE before and after impact?

    You misinterpreted the science journal on the kinematic of table tennis topspin forehand. The science journal said the racket speed was the same but the acceleration was faster for high level players(higher skill level, shorter time). Again, the spin is based on the racket speed. Unfortunately, the spin rate is not mention for the players.

    The correct interpretation of spin is well done in Ping Skill's video on backspin, to which I agree. You can adop the video to explain the top spin. You can google Ping Skill back spin for a better description.

    I'm light years away from being a high level tt player, however, the physics of spin is the same for all players but the techniques for generating spin maybe different.

    You said one thing correctly, "It's not how hard you hit the ball, but how fast you can hit the ball." Hitting the ball fast means high speed but not necessarily high acceleration.

    Remember: acceleration and speed can be mutually exclusive, but other times they depend on each other. The point that I'm trying to make is that in the end it is the contact speed between the racket and ball and the angle of contact between the two that determines the spin of the ball. This is elementary physics.

    Good luck.

  30. hello sir….I really want to know how to return this windshield wiper serve….cannot find its answer anywhere..https://youtu.be/v_DQiqF9vlo

  31. Dans la plus part des cas, c'est la vitesse qui résulte la rotation de la balle. La notion d'accélération dans une petite intervalle de temps est absurde. La notion d'augmentation de la vitesse dans une petite intervalle de temps qui est similaire à une grande accélération est plus raisonnable. Il y a deux facteurs qui fait tourner la balle c'est le frottement et d'effet de catapulte qui résulte une force tangentielle appliquée à la balle. Le fait que l'on doit faire une grande accélération en touchant la balle est pour la raison d'augmenter la présion et la consistance de la frappe.

  32. Btt plzz take out a tutorial on how to get spin in serve should we use our wrist fastly or wht explain that plzz!

  33. Hi coach emrat. Wondering how soon you should start teaching your students from a simple forehand drive to forehand loop

  34. Coach can tell me what to do I use yasaka allround plus forehand rubber is donic coppa gold backhand is Dhs c8 long pips I am just a beginner can you tell me what to do what should I learn first to play better

  35. Sir i am a fan of your channel.my coach asked me to buy either joola carbon blade or butterfly blade . Please say me which I should want to buy

  36. That's good material. Congrats for this work Coach EmRatThich. Science based comments for this real class! Thank you for your contributions.

  37. I think u exagerate a bit when u say young western players are told by their coach to play with a high speed blade as soon as possible. To go further, it's not exagerated, it is just wrong….. U should'nt criticize this much western school^^….. Anyway, i love your videos 🙂

  38. could you go over the principles of traditional japanese penhold please with example of maybe someone like ryu seungmin? thanks

  39. Most european people even can not squat, not like asian people who always squat om their daily life… that is why, not many european players can apply "power from the ground" 😁

  40. Salut Entraineur , je ne savais pas que tu parlais francais , bravo. Aurais-tu la gentillesse
    de publier les références des articles scientifiques , merci .

  41. i need to work on my rpg i can do it but its always a flick of the wrist i dont have a stroke for it so it lacks power it just has spin

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