Top Spin down the Line

Abdullah Gilani

Abdullah Gilani

Last updated on 06-Aug-2015 08:14:05 AM

Hey Alois, 

I have been playing table tennis for over 2 years now and my game has progressed to a very good level but there is weaker side to my game, my top spin always goes diagonal and they keep blocking and blocking until I lose the point, I need to be able to do a top spin down the line to confuse them. Please make a video showing the racket angle and a good body position for this shot. I will be most thankful because I have a tournament coming up and i believe that this shot will give me an edge.



Alois Rosario

and Alois Rosario said...

Hi Abdullah,

The key to playing a topspin down the line is to keep your fingers and wrist relaxed.  It doesn't take much change in the position of your fingers to get the ball to go in a different direction.  You don't even need to alter the position of your body.  You could try hitting the ball a fraction later, that may help as well.

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Comments on this question

Alan Taylor

Alan Taylor commented...

on the 18-Nov-2011 11:45:43 PM

What a nice tip and little trick. This has always left me confused why they can send me the wrong way on a loop as I used to look at the shoulders were pointing.

Excellent Keep the videos coming guys and what a Coup getting Simon Gerada onboard.

 Many Thanks


Tim Sodelund

Tim Sodelund commented...

on the 19-Nov-2011 03:58:21 AM

This will help me thanks pingskills

Harikrishnan U

Harikrishnan U commented...

on the 19-Nov-2011 03:04:00 PM



Chau Giang

Chau Giang, a premium member said...

on the 20-Nov-2011 09:09:55 AM
Thank you for your video Simon, Such an interesting concept: varying the time of impact to Change direction of the ball. Often you hear: 'just think of where you want the ball to go & face that direction'. This method provides a clear & more specific way to learn the shot. shall try to learn it.
Andy Liem

Andy Liem commented...

on the 20-Nov-2011 10:33:19 PM
Great explanation, thank you so much, it's help me alot.....
Mayo May

Mayo May commented...

on the 27-Nov-2011 12:44:05 PM
Is this the same for a fade sides spin shot ?
Ji-Soo Woo

Ji-Soo Woo commented...

on the 27-Nov-2011 05:39:45 PM

Thanks Simon, I'll keep that in mind in the future.

Just wondering, is it the same principle for a down the line block off a crosscourt drive?

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills said...

on the 28-Nov-2011 10:14:57 PM

Hi Ji-Soo,

The same principle can certainly be used for a forehand block down the line.

William Butler Denby

William Butler Denby commented...

on the 11-Jul-2012 04:32:41 AM
I also find that a good trick to hit down the line is to open your wrist just before you hit the ball. You don't get as much power, but if well executed, then I find that it really foxes my opponents. You also get a bit of sidespin, because you are brushing the bat across the ball sideways slightly.
Lukas Oberbanscheidt

Lukas Oberbanscheidt commented...

on the 24-Jul-2012 09:52:59 PM

Or you add some sidespin.

Arun Prasad

Arun Prasad commented...

on the 20-Dec-2012 02:52:48 PM

Great one...Thanks.

Sovan Ly

Sovan Ly commented...

on the 23-Nov-2013 01:15:52 PM

i have been searching for the website to train me. Now I see it. thanks alot.

Ilia Minkin

Ilia Minkin, a premium member said...

on the 06-Aug-2015 01:19:53 AM

Is the same principle applies to the aggressive topspin against backspin?

My problem is the following. I'm trying to develop a really aggressive 3rd ball attack. I can hit the ball very strongly cross court, even if it is low and barely comes off the table. But when I try to play the same thing down the line using this technique, I feel powerless and awkward, since there is less room for turning my body and I can't engage my trunk that well. The result is usually much slower shot. So what should I do with this? 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 06-Aug-2015 08:14:05 AM

Hi Ilia,

Try turning your waist and your wrist more backwards so that you can generate the spin and speed.

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