Attacking backspins

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 5 years ago

Tharindu Dinethra

Tharindu Dinethra Asked 5 years ago

Hi Jeff & Alois,

Can’t I attack a heavy backspin with a flat shot without topspining it? Once I hit a backspin flat batted and it placed on the table more like a smash. Once I try it again it too worked. But it doesn`t work on loose backspins. Can’t I hit that ball like that?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 years ago

Hi Tharindu,

It is possible to do but there is a very low margin for error.  You would do better to try and topspin them so that the stroke is more consistent.  The flat ball will often go into the net or off the end because there is no dip on the flight of the ball.

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