Some opponents have very good loops, and loop any serve that goes long. However, unless they are at a very high level, most players cannot loop a very fast serve.
Some players naturally get a huge amount of topspin on their loops, especially against backspin. How do they do it?
Many players step around their backhand corner to play their forehand. However, many players don’t go all the way around, either because they don’t have time or because they aren’t in the habit of doing so.
Whenever your opponent is hitting a shot, there are two points in time that are important. The first is when the opponent has committed to his shot both the specific shot and the placement, speed and spin. The second comes a split second later, and is when you can see what your opponent’s shot is going to be.
When a player finds a part of his game is not working as well as he’d like (either because he is getting older or slower, or because it simply wasn’t a strong shot to start with), the tendency is to use the shot less and less. Result? The shot gets even weaker!
Here’s a general rule. If the ball is coming to your backhand low and slow, you should favor a backhand loop. If the ball is coming in high or fast, you should hit.
When serving to the wide backhand, it helps if you can serve a sidespin serve that breaks into the opponent’s wide backhand.
The following applies equally to some shakehand players. However, penholders are known for their ability to vary the pace on their backhand blocks, sometimes jabbing fast, angled shots, and other times doing slow, dead blocks. It wreaks havoc on an opponent’s timing.
If you want to develop a good loop (a heavy topspin shot, done forehand or backhand), you need to do two things: learn it properly (i.e. get a coach), and practice it.
When a player attacks with his backhand to an opponent’s backhand, he is probably using the worst possible placement. An opponent’s backhand is the very shot that is probably quick enough to handle a quick backhand attack!
The most common serve in the world at both the intermediate and advanced levels is the forehand pendulum serve. This is the serve where a player (usually serving from the backhand corner) serves with his forehand, racket tip down.
One noticeable effect of the new 40mm ball is that you get less spin when serving. There are several ways to compensate for this.
Many returning players to the sport have expressed fears about the difficulties in looping the 40mm ball.
The quickest way to learn to beat a stronger player is by losing to him, but understanding why you lost.
Many a close match is won not by the player with the big shots or steady rallying ability, but by the player who pulls something at the end to "trick" the opponent.