Against a hardcore defender

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 9 years ago

mat huang

mat huang Asked 9 years ago

Hi alois,

I'm having trouble defeating a really good defender. He is super defensive

He stays back, and it takes around 5 shots to defeat him, which makes my consistenncy very bad

I know you could train consistency, but my training partner (my dad) is a penholer and rarely stays back- i find penholders usually have quick and controlled attacks. Another problem is i play in my garage, and it is not very big

I couldnt train consistency in smash, so how do i defeat him

BTW, when i try to do the smash, and then push, he easily reads my action and quickly comes back. and then i lose. And he is also pretty good close table with quick loops and drives.

PLs tell me ways to defeat him and how to train

Thanks for your previous answers


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Mat,

Take a look at this previous blog on Playing against Defenders.  There are some good tips in there that I think will help you.

We also have a lesson in our Match Strategy course for our Premium members on Playing A Defensive Chopper.


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AmekunRaiane Rivadeneira

AmekunRaiane Rivadeneira Posted 9 years ago

my strategies against defenders:

1. finish up quickly if possible by looping the underspin(if your a looper need to b careful about how u execute it cause looping is much more of a straining stroke than a chop imo)

2. when returning the ball short instead of pushing the ball make it slide in the rubber, when you notice a huge amount of spin decreases or you feel confident that you can flick it.... flick it :D

3. fake a looping stroke but instead of a loop do the no spin loop , opponents ball flies away :D

hope it helps ... if there r mistakes feel free to correct xD

defenders gives a hard time too xD



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