The ability to generate speed and power is an important aspect of the forehand drive and loop. Frogger and BH-Man have covered the techniques very well.
Thanks Lexsha for the article. The article reminds us there are many aspects in playing the game. We have been reminded by coaches that during the game, we should only use about 80 percent of the speed and power to ensure the ball stays on the table.
After reading the article, I noted several key thoughts:
- Rather than dropping back and play power, come forward into the forehand side to take the ball earlier and use its existing speed.
- There is no time to go through the full gamut of preparatory movements to play each shot.
- Compete in open situations to be versatile, creative and deceptive in the competitive environment.
In the last few months, my coach has been working on me with blocking the loops and drives and taking the balls earlier. The results during the games have been quite positive. After reading this article, I understand and concur with the important aspect of this part of the game. Not all shots on the forehand side need to be hit with speed and power. . The same goes with the backhand. There is no need for me to attempt to do power RPB loop every time.