| Anton Chigurh wrote:|
| hclnnkhg wrote:|
First picture is a description about Ma Long's style(which I am not really concerned about) but I translated it with simple English anyway:
Ma Long, the latest men-single winner in Asian games,
has beaten lots of top players in the world. Characteristic of his
game is obvious - very good at initiating attack, fast and firece,
consistent and powerful when he is attacking and counter-attacking
from close to mid table. His footwork is reasonable in mid-table,
also his forehand loop has good arc, speed, power, placement, which
make his technique structure complete.
His backhand from mid to far away from table is relatively weak,
therefore, Ma Long always tries to use forehand to attack after
playing passively on backhand. Furthermore, to avoid his own
weakness, he will initate attack on 3rd ball to put pressure on
opponent, and he will counterloop the 4th ball when receiving.
We can say that Ma Long's offensive mind leads to his active style,
and his forehand has made up for his weaker backhand to an extent.
His backhand is a threat when playing close to the table. Ma Long's
"All-round" offensive technique is a nightmare of every player.
I will keep translating the rest before I fall asleep (0044 in UK!)
Awesome, and thank you. I, and others I'm sure, are very grateful for whatever efforts you can put into translation.
Thank you for your appreciation. Here is the first introduced technique:Ma Long's forehand powerlooping backspin
(Top yellow box)
Powerlooping backspin is the most common attacking method, and it is
one of the most powerful forehand technique. As it is powerloop, the
advantage of power must be emphasised; pratically, the arc should be
low, the ball should have decent amount of topspin, and with flexible
placement, we can achieve maximum output. But many TT-lovers focus
too much on power, the stroke is too big, which desrupt the harmony
between arm and body, leads to decrease in consistency.
When we are powerlooping, we should focus on controlling the arc and
the placement of the ball, then we increase the power if, and only if
we are consistent. On the other hand, although powerlooping is
powerful, recovering is also important. we should control our swing
and ensure body weight is able, so we can recover quickly.
(Caption in Picture 5)
Right foot is pushing the ground, the body starts to lean forward
(Caption in Picture 6)
Close the bat slightly, keep it stable, hit the lower part of the
mid-top of the ball
Forearm is not moving a lot, use your arm primarily
Left foot steps forward using the force generated when body moves
(Caption in Picture 7)
Close the forearm to make the arc shorter
Left foot pushs the floor to stop the body from hitting the table
(Caption in Picture 8)
Waist should turn enough so power of whole body can be used
(White box in bottom-right corner)
(Red text) Footwork is imporant, find the precise hitting point
before you swing, then makes your stroke bigger
(Black text) These picture shows Ma Long doing the stroke. In picture 1,
when Ma Long moved from backhand corner to forehand corner, he kept
his body very low, his legs were bent, and his upper body was leaning
forward. In picture 2, Ma Long back-swinged when his right foot moved.
There are 2 main points: firstly, the step should not be too small or
too big, so he can hit the ball at the most reasonable point; secondly,
don't back-swing too much before the body is at the position, because
the upper-body should be relaxed; Moreover, it would be easier to deal
with a short ball, net ball or edge ball.
Amateur players' biggest problem is their huge swing, it will only
makes the stroke out of control.
In picture 4, Ma Long started to swing faster after he was in the
right position. His arm was fully stretched. His right foot pushed
the floor to make the body move forward. It is crucial to use the
force during the body is moving forward in a powerloop. Amateur
players also use the power from the twist of the waist, sometimes
they jump up when they hit the ball. It will increase the quality of
the stroke, but this motion has a disadvantage: if the coming
ball is not very fast, or it has a short arc, or anticipation is
not precise enough, then we can't use the power of the coming ball,
therefore consistency and effect of powerlooping will decrease
greatly. So, before we do this storke, we should stand a little bit
away from the table, and we should lean forward when we hit the ball.
(Red text) at the hitting moment, hitting it more forward, close your
forearm, control the arc
(Black text) Theoritically, to increase the speed of ball, we need to
increase the forward force. Although lots of amateur players know
that, but they still have prolems in matches. Firstly, does increasing
forward force means more "hitting" Secondly, does the wrist come in
when we powerloop? and thirdly, how much should we close our forearm?
I believe we can find some answers from the motion of Ma Long.
In picture 5, Ma Long's left foot stepped forward, body leaned forward,
using the power when the body moved forward. His bat was close but
not much. In picture 6, his bat angle was stable, hitting the lower
part of the mid-top of the ball. Brushing is essential, as the ball
comes with backspin, we must overcome it. but when we actually do the
stroke, we can feel more hitting than brushing. Because we need to
generate power/speed, therefore hitting more will give better effect.
Also, portion of brushing depends on the height and the spin of the
coming ball. Usually the backspin is not very strong if it is pushed,
so we don't need to brush a lot. Also, we need to hit the ball at its
highest point, with too much brushing, the ball will go over the table.
In picture 5-6, it was obvious that Ma Long was generating a forward
force, in order to increase the power and speed of the ball.
In picture 4, we can see Ma Long's wrist was moving outwards; in
picture 7 and 9, his wrist was moving inwards, this means he used
wrist. As we hit more than brush in a powerloop, wrist movement is
critical for controlling the arc. The movement should not be too big,
but quick in a sudden, to increase the spin of the ball.
In picture 6-8, Ma Long's forearm movement was obvious. It is mainly
for transmitting power from the body to the ball, and controlling the
length of arc. The forearm movement can be separated into two parts:
at the moment of hitting the ball, the movement was limited, he used
mostly his upper arm; just after hitting the ball, the forearm
movement increased, so forward force was reduced, and the arc was
shortened. This is very important when looping close to the table.
Picture 9-10 shows how Ma Long recovered. His left foot pushed the
floor to stop the body from hitting the table; At the same time his
arm relaxed, but he kept his body relatively tight.
I am going to sleep now, this task will take hours! I will continue tomorrow