Contact Point for Serve & Forehand Loop in Table Tennis

Contact Point for Serve & Forehand Loop in Table Tennis

Welcome back to my channel. A place to learn table tennis correctly and
with fun. Finally, I have time to make another Ping
Sunday video. Today, we talk about
the “Contact Point” in table tennis. What is the appropriate contact point on
the racket that makes consistent deliver in every execution? Hit the ball at the right position on the
racket is very important in table tennis. Many
players lose power on their forehand topspin attack because they contact the ball
at the wrong position. Today, we learn the optimal contact point
for the serve, and for the forehand loop. A good contact point will maximize the power
of your shots. BEST CONTACT POINT
FOR THE FOREHAND TOPSPIN A player asked me “Hi coach. When I do the forehand stroke,
the contact point is not at the center of the bat. Is it correct?” He also sent me some photos of top player
forehand topspin. Well. This is your table tennis racket. First of all,
let’s divide your racket into several parts. Divide the racket into the 4×4 array like
this. Point (1,1) is at the bottom left. Point (4,4) is at the top right. Based on the Chinese coach, the optimal contact
position for the forehand loop is the point (3,3). This point gives you the most consistent quality. Near the
head of the racket to get maximize speed. Near the upper side of the racket
to minimize the power lost. If you hit the ball at the point (2,2) or
(2,3), you will lose some of the power. If you hit
at the point (4,2) or (4,3), this point offers you the highest velocity of the racket,
but you may miss your shots. Let’s take a look at the top player’s technique. You can clearly see that Zhang Jike
hits the ball at the (3,3) position. A good table tennis coach can also quickly
identify if you are a good player or not by looking at your racket. A good player always hit the ball at the same
position. This is the personal racket of Ma Long. You can see that the mark on his racket. The best contact point is clearly near the
(3,2) and (3,3) position. This is the forehand loop slow motion of Fan
Zhendong, filmed by kroliknor. It’s amazing! You can clearly see the contact point! If you ask another Chinese coach about this
contact point. You will get the same
answer. On mytabletennis, there is a topic “Ask a
top level Chinese coach anything”. Mickd from Japan has the opportunity to talk
with top Chinese coach. Question: When doing a Forehand loop, where
is the contact point on the racket surface? Answer: This is the position (near the top
edge of the racket). Question: Does this point vary when looping
underspin and topspin ball? Answer: No, same position for both top and
underspin. You also find another concept that I’ve explained
in my previous videos. For example,
about the grip. The key is having a fully relaxed grip. This will help you accelerate
at the right moment. Top Chinese coach focuses a lot on the feeling
and the grip. BEST CONTACT POINT
FOR THE SERVE The contact point is very important for the
table tennis serve. By varying the
contact point, you can increase or decrease the spin, and speed of your serve. Mastering the contact point is the key to
make a deceptive serve. If you want to maximize spin in your serve,
you should contact the ball near the head of the racket. Because on these points, the velocity, the
speed is highest. If you want to make the heavy underspin serve,
contact the ball at the position (4,2). If you want to make the heavy topspin serve,
contact the ball at the position (4,3). If you want to make a fast long serve, hit
the ball at the head of the racket. How to make a deceptive serve? With the same motion, but now you change the
contact point, you can change the spin of your serve. In the real match, if you
want to serve a less spin, floating serve, you contact the ball near the handle
of the racket. Contact at the (1,2) or (2,2) position will
make a no-spin, floating serve no matter what your serving motion. This no-spin serve is very effective because
the opponent will push the ball high, so you can easily
attack this ball. Top Chinese player often contacts the ball
near the head of the racket to maximize spin. They always add “side-spin” to their serves. Contact at (4,2) for pendulum serve. Contact at (4,3) for reverse pendulum serve. That’s it for today. I really want to thank “kroliknor” for his
footage. I also want to thank
my supporters! You are my motivation! I’m very busy, but your feedback has
motivated me a lot! Thank you Charles, and many other fox 🙂
Wish you enjoy and play more table tennis! See you, EmRatThich.

Comments (37)

  1. For the contact point on the backhand side: Backhand push at (3,3) or (3,4). Backhand flick at (3,2).
    Read more at:

  2. Hey Coach EmRatThich, i have a doubt, will u pls correct it?
    Sir, Forehand is played outside the body line. (I m righty, so I have to hit the ball from the right-outside, extending the right hand)
    Should I play Backhands the same way, extending the hand to left-outside, or it has to be played within the body line?
    Thanks in advance!

  3. Still I am confused with the grip. Should we tighten our grip at the point of contact when we hit the ball for top spin?

  4. Please clarify the contact point on the racket is from top view or bottom view that make me less confused.

  5. Hi coach,
    Thank you for all your tips! I had two areas I wanted to ask about. I am a modern defender who blocks/counterloops on forehand instead of chopping (like Filus).

    1. I saw your forehand loop videos about how using wrist is University level and now this video about contact point. I've learned to weight transfer properly and can now hit 10+ loops consistently (I could hit more but as I am a modern defender I am focusing more on other aspects). SO, I find fixing my contact point and using my wrist both at the same time very difficult and I miss a lot. Should I firstly focus on fixing my contact point for fh loop and then go to using wrist? Or both at the same time? My coach never really told me to focus on contact point.

    2. I saw in another video you told a modern defender to contact the ball lower. I also have/had the same problem but instead, my coach told me to keep my bat more open. Thus, I have semi consistent chops now without much backspin. This is also because I practised very fast multiball and developed a habit of a short stroke (almost like a chopblock). So trying to fix it now. Should I slow down multiball speed? And secondly how do I chop the very fast opening loops low at hip level? Since they are very fast there is no other option but to take it high.

    Thanks for all the videos!

  6. Very useful! A lot of European coaches teach different staff. According to them for example best contact point for fh loop is 4.2-4.3. But exactly as you said I find too many balls are off the table after hitting there despite the speed and spin.

  7. EmRatThich I'm thinking to make a setup with def blade and with attack loop rubbers so maybe I could get more control when playing my offensive game? What do you think about that, could it be possible?

  8. You are the best Table Tennis coach on YouTube…

  9. A có thể dịch tất cả video từ tiếng anh sang tiếng việt được không

  10. Hey, what is the music used in that video?

  11. Coach can you suggest me a good all round blade which is good for offence at amateur level

  12. Hey coach!

    If I have a blade that has a small sweet spot (Stiga Allround Classic), would it be the same point (3,3) or should I just aim for the sweet spot?

  13. Excellent video! What about the serves with a J-pen racket?

  14. What contact point should be for topspin serves?

  15. Usually I like your videos very much, but in this video your pictures don't prove at all what you say about contact point.
    At most of them you cannot see at all, where the top players hit the ball. However, I can imagine that you right mostly. But the other videos you posted are much better in my opinion.

  16. Anyone knows the background music? 😀

  17. Love your intelligent insights! I wish I started watching your videos a long time ago. You've helped me a great deal.

  18. Parabéns… como sempre, os seus vídeos nos ensinam muito.

  19. Wowii easy to understand thnx…?

  20. Hi coach,
    This Chinese coach does not seem to agree with you. he said forehand loop contact point is lower corner. you can clearly see in this video that he points to that area. Why don't you show us some videos of yourself playing and making contact on where you said it is suppose to be. so we can understand it better.

  21. stupid question… im left handed the contact point is the opposite?

  22. Hey coach, I find it easy and comfortable to hit the ball at 3,2 while attacking(not loop) rather than 3,3 and i mostly see top players to attack at point 3,2 rather than 3,3 am i right?

  23. I saw yunpeng guo video about this as per your suggestion.He says that firstly keep your racket flat when touching the ball and then close the angle while hitting. Any suggestion on it ?

  24. Coach ERT…
    Why is Zhang Jike not in the new ITTF Men's Top Players?
    Did he retire already? ?

  25. Respected coach can you please teach us the detail of Penhold grip.

    I use Penhold grip and I face a lot of trouble while playing.
    Please teach us through a video to correct me.

  26. Hi Coach, can you please make video on how to read on the kind of spin, and how to return the different types of serves

  27. Plz help me i don't have proper action and always i chaged griping problem plz help me

  28. Hi Coach, what is the name of this school that train table tennis in the video please ?

  29. your arrows are not a joke!

  30. Thank you very much ! I am going to watch all your videos .

  31. Cảm ơn bạn ! những bài của bạn rất bổ ích và thú vị

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