Next, let us check his racket movement on the backhand
counter attacking play close to the table.
The movement basically is the same as the backhand topspin
close to the table, as in the last edition; create a certain distance
between the elbow and the body and move the racket,
slightly straightening the upper body.
The point to note is the direction you move the racket.
Lin Gaoyuan swings through the racket laterally almost horizontally (Photos C-2 to C-3),
thus the ball is likely to go into the opponent’s court;
that can change the distance of the ball if you move the racket
in a transverse direction, not in an anterior direction.
Be careful that the ball is likely to go over the table if you move the racket forward.
Another point to note is that he moves the racket downwards
to finish in the follow through (the movement after stroke) (Photo C-4).
The racket movement makes it easier to control the opponent’s heavy topspin
as well as to create spin when you finish the racket movement downwards,
just like Lin Gaoyuan.
Thus, the precision of Lin Gaoyuan’s backhand counter topspin
close to the table is made possible by obtaining the two points,
the overall length of his stroke and the amount of spin on the opponent’s return
with the lateral racket movement as well as the follow through downwards.