Forehand topspin vs backspin – Amateur vs Pro technique

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In this video I compare the forehand topspin vs backspin technique of an amateur player (myself) with the forehand topspin vs backspin technique of a professional player (England No.1 Liam Pitchford).

Liam is able to play a much faster, direct and aggressive forehand topspin shot, but how is he able to do this?

To help us work it out, I use some side-by-side slow motion analysis. This helps see how Liam uses his body and fluid motion to produce a much more dynamic attacking shot.

There is also some footage of me trying to return Liam’s very fast forehand topspin attacks.

In the video Liam is using the following equipment:

Blade: Victas Liam Pitchford blade
Rubbers: Victas V>15 Extra

You might also be interested in Liam Pitchford’s Masterclass coaching series he recorded with Table Tennis Daily Academy.

Posted on 19/10/2022

1 thought on “Forehand topspin vs backspin – Amateur vs Pro technique”

  1. Very useful point wise analysis by Tom…
    Liam is my fav paddler and truly an efficient wristy player…
    Couple of matches of him defeating Fan Zhendong & especially Xu Xin are absolutely stunning…
    The wonderful game of table tennis is simply made more interesting by your vid’s Tom and we all TT fans will remain quite thankful to you for that!

    Best regards,
    Niranjan, Pune, India
    A senior citizen


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