Most ping pong players find it easy for them to play offensive. They are able to use it most of the time and only switch to defensive on specific moments. Offensive style of play is characterized by top-spins and loops. Speed and strength are, therefore, important for players using the style.
For you to be a successful offensive ping pong player, there is a training process that you should follow. Ping pong is an interesting game that can be learned within a very short time, but be mastered in years. To better grasp the offensive style of this game, follow the steps below.
1. Start with a warm up
Your body needs to be ready for a match before the start of everything. A good warm up helps the body adapt to the game easily. You become flexible and quickly responsive. You can warm up with an easy game where you will start with slow hits, then moderate, and then finalize with fairly fast hits.
2. Learn the basics
You have to know how to roughly play ping pong before you get serious with the offensive play. Learn and practice the basic strokes before you start to advance. Through the basics, you will learn how to grip correctly, and when to strike.
3. The loop drive
Loop drive is very important for all offensive ping pong players. It is a loop that forms the basis of all smashes. You should start by knowing how to swing the bat correctly. Loop drive is the best for countering backspins and other high shots from the opponent. That is why you should be good in it.
Your bat should be swinging upwards and from your side, heading towards the other shoulder. Your forearm should move the same way it moves when saluting. The blade of the paddle should only brush the ball from its back and towards the top. It should not hit it directly.
4. Modifying the loop
You should also learn to always modify your loop depending on the oncoming ball. For a fast and high ball, the paddle should counteract the ball’s topspin with a greater forward move. That is why you should close the paddle more. The movement and positioning will be different from that of an oncoming ball that is floating towards you. For such a ball, your swing should come from below and head to the top.
5. Forehand and backhand loops
Forehand and backhand loops involve varying movements and swings. Each one of them remains more useful at specific scenarios.
For forehand loop, start by being at a ready position and then swing your dominant foot to the back slightly while transferring your body weight to it. The body should be rotated backwards and seek support from the slightly bent knees. When ready for the stroke, swing your hips and waist forward while straightening your knees. The forearms should rotate alongside your body and hit the ball without forgetting to follow through.
For the backhand loop, your weight should be swung to the front of your legs, with the dominant shoulder dropping slightly. Your weight should then be rotated to the non-dominant foot, with the forearm swinging alongside. The ball should be hit with an increased upward force without forgetting to follow through.
6. Forehand and backhand drives
Forehand drive requires you to start by positioning your dominant foot slightly behind the other while keeping your upper arm close and stretching the forearm at around 90 degrees angle. You should then swing your body weight to the back foot alongside your arm and source the hit power there. When shifting your weight to the front foot, slightly swing upwards with the help of your waist. The forearm should come to the front and meet with the ball almost in front of you while keeping the paddle’s blade flat. The upper arm should move during follow through.
For the backhand drive, the waist should turn towards the non-dominant side while the forearm remains in front of your body. The paddle should be flat and pointing to your non-dominant side, so that your arm directly stretches to the front with it alongside the moving body, and meet with the ball in front of you. The bat should slightly move upwards and also follow through.
Mastering the offensive style can only be easier if the practice is emphasized on. The practice needs to be correct throughout. The above steps can help you in practicing offensive play correctly and efficiently. Offensive play is sweet and powerful and requires all your efforts for you to master it completely.