Looping backspin

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trebor
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A few questions:

Is it absolutely essential to be able to create a "slow spinny" loop? 

Are there things you can do away from the table that can effectively replicate (aka practice)  the motion and brushing action required for the slower loop against backspin?

 

vineRipeTomatoes
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Re: Looping backspin

So how do you attack against your opponent's spin loop? My thoughts: if you're going to block it, get it right off the bounce and cover over the top with some light wrist motion. Otherwise, step back to give more time to judge the spin and room to swing, but not too far since it will drop faster. Then aim lower than normal when you hit it. Go for the elbow to try to make their next shot not too strong.

Larry Hodges
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Re: Looping backspin

At the very highest levels, there are fewer slow loops, but most players still do them for variety, especially against an opponent who has already backed up and is looking to counterloop, or against a blocker. It depends on the opponent. 

Larry Hodges
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Re: Looping backspin

 

Is it absolutely essential to be able to create a "slow spinny" loop? 

It's extremely helpful for four reasons. First, many players have difficulty with slow, spinny loops, and if you don't have one, then you are handicapped in the match. Second, it gives you more variation, which makes your other loops more effective. Third, against a very low, heavy push, it's much easier to go for a slow, spinny loop then to try to power it all the time. And fourth, if you are missing your faster loops, it's good to have a slower and steadier loop to fall back on. 

Are there things you can do away from the table that can effectively replicate (aka practice)  the motion and brushing action required for the slower loop against backspin?

Shadow practice! Somewhat related is the idea that when you are learning to loop with great spin, it's sometimes good to imagine a bicycle placed upside down, wheels in the air, and imagine spinning the wheels. 

Hope this helps!

vineRipeTomatoes
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Re: Looping backspin

Is it still essential at higher (or top) levels? I would think that above a certain point, the opponents will be able to handle the spin, and, because it is slower, they will have time to get to the ball.