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Hey everyone.. it's been a while since I posted here. I've been lurking now and then and tempted to join ttedge again, when things get back to normal and league starts here again, I will certainly need Brett's expert coaching :D.

I found a clip of my FH from 2018, I believe it was around then that I joined ttedge. Looking at it and remembering how I practiced then made me realize how arm oriented it was, even though my FH was my strength and I did use some hip rotation then, I remember consciously tensing my arm because I thought that was how you got more power. After ttedge insight I realized that was completely wrong and I've since then tried to let the arm follow the body, it has lead to more consistency and less arm pain. I hope the most recent FH vs block looks less arm-driven compared to the older one. Though I'm going for a bit too much power here which also makes it inconsistent. Anyway, my point is Brett helped me understand where the focus should be (driving the arm with the hips) and that makes it easier.

My training partner has recorded our practice lately so I put together a bunch of clips. I've worked a lot on my backhand which I've found incredibly hard to figure out, but lately a few things have started to click. I've also got new equipment, Chinese rubber (H8) on the FH, harder rubber on the backhand a few months later I got a carbon blade. Since the change I went on a big win streak against the guys I usually practice with so it definitely did something good. I never thought I'd change from an all-wood blade and I don't know how much of a real difference there is, but since the change I've felt more stability. The harder rubber helped serve return.



0:00​​-0:37​​ FH against block
0:38​​-0:54​​ 2 point FH
0:54​​-1:11​​ 2 BH 2 FH
1:11​​-1:55​​ BH against BH/block
1:55​​-3:05​​ BH open up and BH follow up
3:05​​-3:35​​ BH flip and other stuff
3:35​​-3:57​​ FH loop-loop
3:58​​ BH block and defense

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Hey Rich, Thanks for posting. It looks like you are still improving.

The backhand blocking you did at 3:58 showed me that you understand backhand. There is a nice short and sharp bending and straightening of the legs whilst your torso remains leaning forward. If possible, take some of this movement into your backhand topspin against block.

Your backhand topspin against backspin need a bit of work. I'd really focus on part 7 of the ttEDGE 2021 series and watch this ML video to reconcile everything https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8dfM0RI_Ig. Then send me the outcome or post here. As the opponent strikes the ball, you need to bow forward a lot and then straighten your back as you are about to strike the ball. This will propel your arm better.

The forehand is looking good. Bring your right knee around as much as possible on the backswing (show your opponent your right shorts pocket) as per part 2 of the ttEDGE 2021 series. You are already doing all of this quite well, but I just wanted to make sure your attention is on it.

Continue to send me stuff.

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Thanks a lot Brett, gonna work on this. Most of the time it feels like I have very little time to do anything with my body on the BH, but I suppose I'm not used to/haven't quite understood the motion. When blocking there's a lot more time to do it.


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I have been trying to add more anti drift movement into my forehand.

I find it easier to do this on the open up against backspin as I have more time on the backswing. I tried slowing down the backswing during back rotation of hips and having the bat face the table more on the backswing and start forward body rotation causing the bat to naturally backswing more then a forward high speed swing whip action.

The addition of spin and power was an eye opener. Amazing.

I think it can lead to a shorter backswing with time limited with high racket speed.

Its like taking a whip serve action into the forehand.


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I got this interesting tip direct from Brett the other day in training.

When you are doing a backhand topspin against block using the squat and rise method the bat should feel heavy in your hand at one point in the backswing.

I think this is due to the rise of the body as the bat is still going back in the backswing before the forward whip action. So the body and bat are going in somewhat opposite directions before the whip leading to the bat feeling heavy.

I think you need an explosive move out to the squat position to get this feeling.

If I got the explanation of this heavy feeling incorrect maybe brett can correct me.


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Hi Brett, Hope you are well. just watched the new Pendulum vid. I found it interesting that you didn't focus on twisting and turning the shoulders as much as you have done previously. Any reason why or was I hallucinating before :) ?


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maurice101 wrote:
I got this interesting tip direct from Brett the other day in training.

When you are doing a backhand topspin against block using the squat and rise method the bat should feel heavy in your hand at one point in the backswing.

I think this is due to the rise of the body as the bat is still going back in the backswing before the forward whip action. So the body and bat are going in somewhat opposite directions before the whip leading to the bat feeling heavy.

I think you need an explosive move out to the squat position to get this feeling.

If I got the explanation of this heavy feeling incorrect maybe brett can correct me.



Watch this shot https://youtu.be/Ux-eP9dbrRc?t=160

His body is coming up as the backswing is still happening. There is more topspin on the ball than an amateur has ever seen.

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Hi Brett, Hope you are well. just watched the new Pendulum vid. I found it interesting that you didn't focus on twisting and turning the shoulders as much as you have done previously. Any reason why or was I hallucinating before :) ?


Hey Dan, turning the shoulders will get a lot of spin, especially when added to the content in the video. The video is more about the timing of the backswing in relation to the forward stamp. I guess it's also about the downward body momentum needed to get the ball down into the table.

I can/will make a video about standing with a completely straight back and using 100% body rotation on the Pendulum serve. He Zhi Wen does this and it is amazing https://youtu.be/kFHTDnv49Zk?t=41

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Part 22 of the 2021 series is now available on ttEDGE.com

It's about the backspin serve and it's really the same content as the Pendulum serve. I think it's definitely worth a watch though as the content is an important part of the puzzle, imo.

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Brett, I'm puzzled by what you said a month ago about you always serving at maximum spin. Wouldn't that remove your disguise of the amount of spin? As long as the opponent could tell what direction the spin was i.e. backspin versus topspin, they would quickly learn the strength of your spin (for each different type of serve).


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Pongalong wrote:
Brett, I'm puzzled by what you said a month ago about you always serving at maximum spin. Wouldn't that remove your disguise of the amount of spin? As long as the opponent could tell what direction the spin was i.e. backspin versus topspin, they would quickly learn the strength of your spin (for each different type of serve).


I feel like you don't have to disguise the amount of spin unless you intend to serve no spin. It's always more scary to return a loaded serve than a serve with less spin. Even if they can tell the spin, it's better to have it loaded with spin as they then might accidentally push long or pop it up. I also think it's easier to read serves with less spin, the flight path and the serve motion is easier to read as you'd have to intentionally make a slower swing for weaker spin. When it all happens very quickly it's more difficult to pick up the amount and type of spin, then the "disguise" happens as a biproduct of efficient serve mechanics. It seems counterproductive to do the opposite, except for a no spin serve, but then I think it's more about keeping the swing as fast/similar but with a flatter contact.

Brett may have mentioned this stuff before, maybe he has some more/other thoughts on this.


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