Thanks ChicchoFicho, TTGold, Lestat, tom and zeio.
@TTGold The boy who is choing in that video is not actually playing a match there. He's just choing like that because he's silly, hehe. Once he gets older he'll calm down. I think he has some problems concentrating.
@Lestat I'm actually trying to figure out the same problem. I put in a lot of effort into movement, probably one of the most active on my feet in my club, but lack power on my shots. I think TTGold has it right. I'm too tense and too controlled on my shots. I lack speed on my swing. I need to not worry about missing, loosen up, and try to swing my arm much faster. Once I get used to the faster timing, I could probably do it more in actual matches, too. Opening my forehand angle will definitely help. So many videos of myself I lack any forehand snap. I'm using my shoulder too much.
About the Fukushima fallout, the area around the nuclear reactors have been abandoned ever since. But no one in Japan outside of that area is wearing the mask for that reason. Most people actually wear it to stop the spread of or catching the cold/flu. You see it a lot when it starts to get colder. For example, a month or so back, nearly 15 students in each of my classes were wearing them. Now, as it's starting to get warmer, maybe only 3-4 students wear them. Basically if you're coughing, you wear one of those masks. There are also people who wear it for fashion, though. But yeah, those masks are just as common anywhere in Japan. Rural or city.
Interesting that you're using the masks to protect against flu. As fas as I know, once you are outside the disaster area, internal radiation (hot particles/internal emitters, inhaled or ingested) is much more dangerous long term compared to general external exposure. Hence my assumption.
But back on topic, I would have a look for Brett Clarke's teddy bear video, 'Learn forehand topspin like a bear' or something like that. Pretend for a moment you don't have control over the shoulder joint, and try to swing your arm freely just by using your waist. It should look like your arm is out of the socket. That will give you a clue to what you are looking for.
This German guy makes extremely good table tennis videos. He also made one for the basic strokes with english subtitles https://youtu.be/zgu07kjb_g4
Lest at identified the problem (lack of whip). That TTR hunter video will not solve it. Neither will this one by Brett Clarke but it will give mickd and idea. Basically,you need to pull your racket into the ball like you are cracking a whip. Will post the link next - you can do this with just your lower arm or wrist as well if your stroke is a bent arm stroke. But the body must lead the racket on the forward swing or your backswing should not be fully completed before the body starts coming forward. Not easy to see in words but once you get a feel for it, then you can't imagine looping any other way.
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I've always had problems with long pimples. I think a lot of newer players dislike playing against it because the timing and spin on the ball is completely different.
Here's the first part of a match I played yesterday against a long pimples player. My camera stopped recording, so that's all I got. I play him once every few months. I've always had trouble against him because of his serves, and how the ball just doesn't come at you). I still struggle, but I feel like I'm finally starting to 'get it' a little better.
I actually lost the match, but we played another, and I won that one 3-0, which has never happened before.
On an unrelated note, I went to one of the top middle school table tennis clubs in the area yesterday and today to practice with the kids. Man was it a lot of fun. The kids are so good. They practice 2 hours every day Monday to Friday, and 4 hours on Saturday and Sunday. They have so many styles. At the end we were playing single set matches (rotating every few minutes even if the matches weren't finished). Basically every kid had a completely different style. I would face one with long pips on the backhand, then another with short pips on the forehand, then a regular inverted player, then a player with short pips backhand, then one with short pips forehand and long pips backhand. The first player would be a flat hitter, then a chopper, then a looper, etc. It was a great experience. Since the matches were played like an elevator style (winners advance up one table, losers go down), I ended up around the top 8, with like 30 players.
EDIT: I was really surprised I got the first point of the second set! Usually net balls just completely throw me off.
Edited by mickd - 4 hours 51 minutes ago at 9:09am
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