Long Pip and Anti Basic Chop vs Loop

Long Pip and Antispin Basic Chop vs Loop

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Summary Notes

Long Pips Forehand Chop vs Loop - Side View

  • The distance from the table is far enough back so that contact can be made between the hip and knee. It is also possible to see that the ball is generally contacted in line with the body (when viewed from the side).
  • Since the control with long pips and antispin is better than inverted when chopping, it is often possible to take the ball a little earlier and higher without making more mistakes. Be aware that if you always do this, your opponent will know that when you take the ball later, you are using your inverted side. So don't get too predictable.
  • The basic stroke technique is not all that different from the inverted chop technique, which is good since you do not want any obvious signs about which side of the bat you are using.
  • Notice that while the shoulders turn to prepare the backswing, the head does not move with the shoulders, since it is tracking the ball. So the head actually moves a little out of sync with the shoulders, moving instead to watch the ball as it approaches and then onto the racket.
  • In this basic safety chop with long pips against heavy topspin, I don't bother to use a lot of wrist, since I want to maximize my control of the ball, and I will get plenty of backspin anyway from my opponent's heavy topspin. Adding more wrist of my own would increase the chances of me making a mistake. Of course, during a match, I will subtly change the amount of wrist used quite often, so that my opponent does not get used to my chop.

Long Pips Forehand Chop vs Loop - Front View

  • Learn to perform the stroke consistently with a high backswing, then a forward and downward swing through the ball. Once the stroke is mastered, start practicing your variations to the basic stroke.
  • Allow the long pips to do most of the work in producing spin, especially when under pressure during a match.
  • A more floated version can be performed by swinging a little more forward through the ball at contact, so that the pips tend to bend in all directions at contact, rather than all brushing in the same direction.

Antispin Forehand Chop vs Loop - Side View

  • I am playing the ball a little further back with antispin than the long pips. The reason for this is that the Yasaka Antipower that I am using has a higher throw angle (the ball goes higher off the bat) than the long pips. I could also stay closer to the table and change my swing angle to a slightly more vertical swing to make the ball go lower, but since I don't use antispin all that often I find it easier to move a little further backward and take the ball a little lower instead.
  • This antispin does not add much spin at all, so there is not a lot of point in trying to snap the wrist to produce more spin on the ball. However, the amount of wrist snap can still be varied to try to trick my opponent about the amount of spin. But you don't have the ability to add even more backspin to the ball like you can do with long pips.
  • The basic technique with antispin is essentially the same with antispin as with long pips.

Antispin Forehand Chop vs Loop - Front View

  • The contact point is well to the side of the body when viewed from the front perspective.
  • If you take the ball below knee height, unless you are careful to bend your knees with a wide stance to get low to the ball, the tendency is for your body to tilt down from the waist to reach the ball, which makes you scoop the ball up with less spin and control, rather than chopping the ball.

Long Pips Backhand Chop vs Loop - Side View

  • The contact point is further in front of the body when compared to the forehand chop. This is both because I tend to stand a little squarer when chopping with long pips, and because the playing arm is in front of the body on the backhand, while it is behind the body on the forehand side. In actual fact, many modern choppers play the ball from a squarer stance than the traditional 45 degree side on stance - it is more difficult to execute but it also allows you to stay closer to the table and take the ball higher, which puts more pressure on your opponent since the ball gets back to him faster, and your counterattacks are more effective since you can hit the ball from closer to the table and from a higher point.
  • There is less need to get underneath the the ball to spin it heavily, since the bending of the long pips is doing most of the work.

Long Pips Backhand Chop vs Loop - Front View

  • It is possible to see that the contact point is no longer between the belly button and the left hip, but now is between the left hip and the left knee. If you contact the ball much outside the left knee, you may find yourself losing balance, and slowing down your recovery.
  • My wrist action is whatever feels natural - I don't try to either add more wrist or restrict my wrist. That way my wrist action stays fairly constant, and I don't have to think about what my wrist is doing, allowing me to concentrate on other more important things, such as judging the pace and spin on the oncoming ball.

Antispin Backhand Chop vs Loop - Side View

  • Try to keep your backswing high in general, only make it lower when you are trying to achieve some variation to deceive your opponent.

Antispin Backhand Chop vs Loop - Front View

  • The natural arm movement to the right of the body occurs a little after contact, and allows the bat to be returned to the basic ready position. This should be allowed to happen naturally, the only proviso is to make sure that you don't start swinging to the side while making contact with the ball, since that will start putting sidespin on the ball.
  • Notice how I occasionally fail to bend with my knees to get down to the ball. This forces me to bend from the waist instead, and breaks my basic technique, changing my swing angle and bat angle to be more horizontal, causing me to scoop the ball up. It also slows down my recovery speed due to the loss in balance.
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