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    Posted: 05/07/2022 at 4:11pm
While practicing forehand drives against my robot, if I contacted the ball a little outside the vertical axis of the ball, I seemed to have more consistency with my shots.  It puts a small amount of hook spin on the ball.  From a proper training perspective is that considered Ok?  Or should the spin on the ball be straight over the top?
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A small amount of sidespin is considered completely normal.
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It could indicate your contact is just a little too forward of your body.  It could also be that your stance is a little too square (hitting side foot not far enough back relative to other foot).  If you are getting enough topspin to see the ball dip then not a real issue.  If you are trading off too much topspin for sidespin so that the ball  starts to travel on a flatter trajectory you are losing some of your margin of error.    Of course that all sidespin flat trajectory against a relatively easy ball can be a great weapon especially against blockers.  

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In a match there are a lot of variables so I would say you should be able to be flexible in your table tennis strokes , meaning ability to adapt quickly in a match. That should be the intent while training. Here is a video I made on the topic 


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Originally posted by mjamja mjamja wrote:

It could indicate your contact is just a little too forward of your body.  It could also be that your stance is a little too square (hitting side foot not far enough back relative to other foot).  If you are getting enough topspin to see the ball dip then not a real issue.  If you are trading off too much topspin for sidespin so that the ball  starts to travel on a flatter trajectory you are losing some of your margin of error.    Of course that all sidespin flat trajectory against a relatively easy ball can be a great weapon especially against blockers.  

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Agreed, some degree of sidespin is inevitable when wrapping the ball, however too much is sacrificing topspin which is required for safety and consistency. 

But tbh using sidespin to block hard loops is amazing, you can cancel out a lot of the incoming topspin with ease. 
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