Forehand technique is common and is normally used in making aggressive attacks and also blocking long, heavy shots. Most players find the technique easy and use it as their dominant playing wing. It is very important for you the ping pong player to learn and master this technique. The following is an in-depth look of the forehand technique. The information can help you learn and understand the technique more.
Forehand is a broad stroke that can be simplified into two categories. The two categories are; the forehand drive and the forehand push. Each category requires specific efforts and is useful in specific scenarios. The two categories can further be explained as follows.
1. The forehand drive
This is the root of all forehand strokes. Forehand drive is important in making aggressive shots and can be enhanced with a little top spin. The stroke is always efficient even when it is made with no spin. It is always applicable when you are close to the ping pong table and your opponent has made a shot that is a little bit high. Forehand drive is efficient in controlling all high shots no matter the trick they come with.
Making a forehand drive
Positioning yourself is essential and should be the first thing you do when preparing to make a forehand drive. Start by keeping your feet apart and in a position that slightly exceeds the width of your shoulders. Your dominant foot should remain slightly behind the other foot. Your body needs to lean a bit to the front and get supported by your knees that have to slightly be bent. The elbow will be bending at an angle of about 90 degrees and support your front-stretched striking arm. You should be standing at a point near the ping pong table and have your body weight supported by the toes and not the heels.
To make a successful forehand drive, you will have to make your body move the striking arm. The body will need to rotate to the right alongside your hips that will be making the rotation. The bat angle needs to close as the bat follows your elbow that rotates alongside your body. The body weight will be shifted to the rear foot. This entire move prepares the forehand drive power.
As the ball approaches, the arm will follow the body that will be pushed to the front by the hips and the shoulders, which will have to be rotated to the front. The forearm will then rotate to the left and up and make the paddle meet the ball. The forearm will move the same way it moves when making a salute. The body weight will now end up in the foot in front and help you take the ball as it gets to its bounce peak. The bat angle should be retained while the elbow remains close to the body. Remember to follow through with a forward-up move.
2. The forehand push
This shot is commonly useful in returning short serves that have a little spin. It can be used in defense and in confusing the opponent with a tricky shot that makes him/her loose balance and not be able to control a heavy shot that follows. Forehand push causes an under spin and helps you make a more controlled return that is successful even if the ball had come with some trick on it. This shot shows the basis of a chop serve.
Making the forehand push
Start by positioning yourself. Your feet should remain apart and slightly exceeding the width of your shoulders. The knees should slightly be bent and support your body that is leaning to the front. The arms need to be spread to the front and leave the striking elbow bending at an angle of around 90 degrees. You should remain close to the table and let the toes support your body weight which should never fall on your heels.
Your arm will have to slightly move to the back and source a striking power. The bat should move out and to your body’s side, as if it is moving to the back. The wrist should remain straight while the elbow retains a small gap between it and your hip. The playing arm should slightly remain to your body’s front.
The bat will be swinging around the side of your dominant hand. The arm controls the bat and brings it to the front to make it meet with the ball. The bat should retain an open angle throughout. The whole move originates from the forearm and the elbow, and the bat should get the ball while it is at its bounce peak. The deeper you go underneath the ping pong ball is the more you will generate a spin. Remember to follow through when making the move and also prevent your arm from swinging too much to the left or across your whole body.
Forehand shots are always useful and should be used in your game. Ping pong is a game of strategies and requires you to learn as many techniques as you can. Learn and practice the forehand technique as much as you can. It should become a part of you.