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Old 01-13-2013, 05:10 PM   #369
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Originally Posted by 5263 View Post
great quote to show his confusion. No one is saying perpendicular to the target
line which this poster seems to equate with across.

Yes, going perpendicular to the target line would be one of many paths ACROSS
the target line, but clearly not what any of the modern posters are suggesting.

There is -out the target line- and across the target line.
Modern is a clear path across, but
none is saying directly across on a perpendicular fashion....except
the classic/traditional or anti modern crowd. They are the inventors of the
strawman of the directly across on a perpendicular style!
Given they invented that false paradigm for you or either have that poor of
understanding of modern....Do you really want to listen to those that misinformed??

For years the classic instructors have given you instruction on how to take the
arc of the swing out the target line as best you can thru stepping forward and
how the shoulder is used to extend thru 5 balls down the target line.
Modern instructions say no, you don't need to step forward and over extend
to try to flatten your swing arc to achieve hitting thru 5 straight balls.
If these other instructors you are interested in have abandoned the - hit thru
5 balls- down the target line approach...then they are now modern in that respect....
and that is the main issue imo. Problem is some have been brought
kicking and screaming to this across perspective and do want to be modern....
but just not MTM modern...for whatever reason they have. Just bad for that
lot since MTM put it in print, books and video decades ago.

Which seems right to you??
I thought it was 3 balls, and the dwell time itself accounted for 2 of them, as per a calculation I did here once (which may be wrong, who knows).

I understood it simply as having a proper finish, like John Yandell used to have his finish points in the photos of his book (back in the days of no Youtube). Club players often poke at the ball, instead of finishing properly. It is the same in table tennis. For about 6 months, I once took lessons from a woman who had been on the Chinese Olympic team (and who has produced many DVDs along with a former US champion). She was also all about follow-through and finish. Every student asks "why does follow thru matter when the ball is gone" and I won't bother to give the answer since everyone knows it here. As far as I know, this has been taught by coaches since time immemorial and there is nothing new about this.
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