Now we will have a look at the forehand chop.
It is a backspin stroke used for defence. Here you will see that Jeff is demonstrating
this stroke. With the stroke starting up near his right ear and finishing down towards his
left knee. It is a lot like a chopping action. You will also notice that the bat is facing
up towards the roof, so his forehand side is facing towards the roof. This enables you
to get the backspin on the chop. Here you will notice also that Jeff turns
sideways for the chop. In table tennis as you get more time, you can turn your feet
a little bit more. So as this is a stroke that is played away from the table you have
time to turn your feet sideways to generate the chop. So from side on you can see the side on position that Jeff takes for the backspin or chop.
You will see that his bat starts up at head level and finishes down at knee high. With the chop stroke you will notice that when the ball comes faster to Jeff his stroke
will be more vertical because he doesn’t need the forward momentum to get the ball over
the net. When the ball is coming a little bit slower Jeff’s stroke will come out forward
to push the ball over the net more. So this is the vertical stroke off the fast ball and
the forward stroke off the slower ball.