The stroke mechanics described here are part of the canon of table
tennis technique |
according to my (limited) understanding.
These skills seem to be taught in China, Europe, Korea, and by high-level coaches anywhere.
These skills differentiate 1300-1500 level players
Anyone can read about it, but few can learn it from verbal descriptions.
The forearm's rotation about the elbow is the essential movement in table tennis. Don't move the elbow much. Let it hang in the space below the shoulder as you lean over that space. Support it so it recieves the leverage of your shoulder and body movements, but minimize its swinging and especially try not to extend it forward in front of you as part of the stroke. Instead...