Strange. Everyone I know here in China, including the professionals say you should meet the ball even on an under spin.
What do you mean by even?
that is the easiest way as long as your stroke is upwards and not forwards. Obviously if the ball is high you can just smash it.I’m taught to start the stroke from below and meet the ball at the tip of its curve.
This is wrong, wrong, wrong. The ball already has a lot of spin.Then add spin by rotating your forearm and “wrapping” around the ball.
1 The ball is in contact with the rubber of maybe a little more than a millisecond. How much "wrapping" can you do in that time. Do the math! Don't believe what people tell you. Verify for yourself! If you can't I will do it on another post.
2. While trying to wrap the ball, the attitude of the paddle is changing so if you hit the ball a little early or a little late, the ball will go to completely different spots.
Now go back to those that told you to "wrap" the ball and ask them the same questions and to do the math
I don't see the pros "wrapping" the ball. Look at the video I posted.
Are you saying that once you are "wrapping" the ball, that you can change your stroke?Then I can choose to bring it up( for high slow topspin), or push it forward with my stroke for a loop kill.
Yes, this works but the ball must be rising off the table. Take a video of yourself from the side. You will see that what works requires the paddle to be tilted up or open a little. I first "looped' that way. There is little or no arc because the ball must be hit from above the net. This method doesn't work if the ball is low. Later, someone then put a chair 3 feet in behind the table and told me to play from behind the chair. I had to really loop where the ball arcs like in the Henzel video. There is a Timo Boll video on how he does a loop kill. It involves waiting/timing for the when the ball is about net height.For counter topspin against topspin I’m taught to keep the blade almost flat and hit/brush it back.
I think it’s just a difference in technique.
One should learn both so one can be flexible or have options. Obviously hitting off the bounce is not an option if back from the table.I think it’s just a difference in technique.