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Loop Stroke

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The Loop Stroke is a heavy topspin shot. It is the foundation of the modern attacking style adopted by the majority of players. Loops can be faster (Loop Kill) or can be spinnier and slower. The forehand loop is arguably the most important stroke in modern table tennis.



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The racket angle determines a lot of the spin and speed in a loop. By holding a more open angle (flatter contact), you increase the speed of a loop while reducing spin, and a closed angle generates more spin at the expense of speed.

You can decide what angle fits the loop you want to create. You'll want some power loops for speed, and some slower loops with lots of spin, depending on the situation.



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Here are some tips for body motion and positioning. Keep in mind that different coaches teach it different ways, so there's some room for adjustment.

  • Spread your feet and bend down.
    Spread your feet about shoulder-width apart, and bend your knees. The proper height is crouched down, not standing upright.
  • Foot positioning.
    The most common position is with the right foot slightly back maybe 6 inches back from the left foot (assuming the player is right-handed).
  • Turn at the waist.
    A lot of power is generated from rotating the hips. When you wind up, turn the hips so your upper body is facing diagonally forward and to the side.


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Here are some videos related to Loop Stroke:
Timo Boll Forehand Loop
See Timo Boll's forehand loops. Note that he has a more compact stroke than normal.

Timo Boll Forehand Loop Against Topspin
Timo Boll's forehand loop against topspin.


The basics of the forehand loop. This is a more European style of the stroke, not Chinese.

Donic Training Video with Waldner and Persson
Waldner shows some forehand loop basics at the beginning of this video.

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