Welcome to part 8 of the Learning table tennis series. Please watch the previous videos in this series
before continuing as many of the principals including grip and stance apply. The backhand topspin is one of the more difficult
strokes in table tennis as it requires precise timing and a full understanding of the mechanics. All strokes in table tennis require good coordination
of the backswing and stroke for optimal timing and bat head speed, however it is even more
important on the backhand topspin. Let’s start by looking at how the arm should
work. A good way to get the feeling for the stroke is to grab your forearm with your non
playing hand. Totally relax your forearm and the wrist will
be very lose and behave like a hinge. When you pull your forearm back and down towards
you, you’ll notice that the wrist snaps back as a result of the momentum. Then push your forearm up and forward and
notice how the wrist snaps forward. This is the correct relationship between the
forearm and wrist on all your strokes in table tennis. The trick to getting fast bat head speed is
to not pause on the backswing. What you need to do is instantly start moving
the forearm forward when the wrist is snapping back which makes the wrist snap forward at
high speed through the point of contact. You don’t make the wrist snap. It will just
happen as a result of relaxed muscles in the forearm allowing the wrist to act as a hinge.
Think of your forearm as the handle of a whip and your bat as the end. Let’s look closely at the stroke. Notice
the way the wrist snaps back here. Now watch how the forward movement quickly changes the
direction bat. Wait for the ball to come to your before starting
the backswing or you’ll be forced to pause slightly on the backswing and lose momentum. If that happens you’ll use poor mechanics
and attempt to force the ball forward by tensing muscles You want to have your elbow out to the side
of your body and forward as per the golden point rule. Don’t stop the stroke. Let the wrist whip
all the way through. It is very important to stay down and relatively
still through the stroke. The power comes through the whip type action
created by your arm and it has very little to do with your legs and waist at this stage. Let’s take a quick look at ttEDGE member
Ben’s backhand topspin. In the near future, I will be analyzing this
shot and giving ben a training plan with exercises to improve. You’ll be able to follow this plan and get
your backhand topspin right too. I don’t expect members to learn the backhand
topspin through this video alone. Common Mistakes
1.Not coordinating the backswing. This is the number one mistake by a long way. If you
pause or start at the end of your backwing, you’ll have lost all momentum and your wrist
won’t snap back out through the ball. You’ll be left forcing your arm from a standing
start and you’ll never have smooth or powerful backhand topspin technique. 2.Coming across the ball. This mistake often
occurs when the player has their thumb up the middle of the backhand rubber. They get
no whip from their wrist, so they use their upper arm and forearm to come across the ball. 3.Coming up with the stroke. Some players
push up with their legs, trying to get more power. If you finish in this position, you’ll
have poor recovery. 4.Dropping the elbow. If you drop the elbow,
you won’t be able to use the whip action and you’ll be wasting a lot of time. You need to keep the elbow someone around
the golden point area for optimal recover between strokes. 5.Elbow moving towards body. If your elbow
finishes close to your right hip, you are on the wrong track. The finishing position
of the elbow should be out and forward 6.Finishing well over the head. If you are
playing at slow speeds and finishing over your head, you’ve engaged the upper arm
and you will need to use more wrist and forearm. 7.Leaning back. Leaning back puts your center
of gravity behind you so you’ll lose power and the ability to move quickly. 8.Being tense. Being tense locks the wrist
making the whip technique impossible. 9.Moving around too much. Moving around throws
you off balance and will make it hard for you to get the mechanics correct 10.Not following through. You need to have
a mindset to allow your bat to go all the way through to ensure maximum relaxation and
acceleration on contact. 11.Hitting from side of body. If you are close
to the table, you want to be hitting the ball from infront of your body as it’s easier
to control and time. If you are away from the table, it changes a little but that is
beyond the scope of this video. 12.Standing side on. If you get side on for
your backhand topspin, you won’t be able to continue effectively in a rally when the
ball suddenly goes to your forehand. 13.Stepping into the ball. Stepping in doesn’t
help to get power and it puts you in terrible position for recovery. 14.Going around in circles. Going around in
circles means you haven’t coordinated your backswing and stoke at all and you won’t
be able to generate power later on.

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Dennis Veasley

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