Best Tips for Powerful Forehand Topspin in Table Tennis

How to do a powerful forehand topspin in table tennis? The old forehand technique which is mostly taught in table tennis club has some problems. I will show you the Chinese techniques of the forehand loop with consistency, spin, and power.

Why Chinese players dominate the table tennis rally with their powerful loop and counter topspin? The secret will be explained in this tutorial. By using the slow motion videos of the top Chinese players, I will analyze the techniques to perform a powerful forehand attack. You can easily apply these tips in your daily training.




The old Forehand Topspin technique

Normally, we are taught in table tennis club to loop the ball by the "old" technique. That means: turn the forearm back, rotate around the elbow, follow through above the eyes, like a military salute. So the elbow is the main source of force by folding the forearm.
However, this old technique has 3 disadvantages:
  1. By using the elbow as your rotation axis, you can only loop the ball when the ball is high. You must close the racket to compensate the high ball. Therefore, you cannot add many spins to the loop.
  2. The force from the elbow and the forearm are not strong compared to the hip. So it's difficult to loop kill the ball. If you hit hard and the ball is still high, the ball will mostly go out of the table.
  3. This old technique doesn't incorporate the lower part of the body but just focus on the elbow. After the loop, you don't know how to move correctly, and then less stable, less consistent in your next shot.

Chinese Forehand Topspin Technique

The Chinese technique is different. The elbow and the forearm should be relaxed. The main rotation axis is not the elbow, but it's your hip. You should drop the racket very low, and use your hip to generate the power. This way you can contact the ball very low. You can also loop kill the ball as you don't need to close your racket.

The Chinese philosophy about the loop is not "how fast you fold your forearm". But Chinese coaches emphasize on "how well you do the weight transfer". During the loop, you should transfer your weight from right leg to left leg. This will adds the power and increases the quality of your shot.

Chinese philosophy concentrates on the lower part of your body. Do you remember my tips in my previous video: "Use the leg to hit the ball". That's your leg will hit the ball, your forearm is only a tool to transfer this force.

By focusing on your legs, you can move faster, you are well prepared for your next shot. That's the main reason why Chinese player always wins in the loop - counter loop situation. As they know how to move efficiently and how to add power to the loop.
By seeing this slow motion of Ma Long's loop, you can see that Ma Long mainly used his hip to loop, his elbow and his forearm is very close to the body, and he didn't rotate his elbow anymore.

This is the reason why the forehand loop of Ma Long is the best of the world. As turning, rotating with your hip is much faster and stronger than folding your forearm around the elbow.

Best Ways to Play Powerful Forehand Topspin in Table Tennis. 

  • Drop the racket as low as possible. 
  • Move with your legs. 
  • Hit the ball at a very low position. 
  • Do weight transfer to loop kill the ball. 
  • Rotate your hip to hit the ball. This way your ball is very low and very fast. 
  • Don't focus on your elbow, focus on your hip as the main force axis.

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