Attacking third ball

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 4 years ago

arjun viswanathan

arjun viswanathan Asked 4 years ago

Hi  Alois and Jeff 

I am struggling to attack the third ball and in fear of the shot missing I end up playing a push rather a flick or a slow spiny topspin a video answer would be very useful 

thank you

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 4 years ago

Hi Arjun,

Playing the third ball is something that is with persevering with.  It is an important part of advancing your game.

If you are worrying about missing then use it more in a training situation initially.  Remember that the more topspin you put on the ball the safer the shot becomes.  In training, play a game where your partner has to push the ball long to you and you have to topspin that ball... then after that it is a free rally.  Get used to making the 3rd ball in a game situation.  If you need help on the stroke then take a look at the Forehand Topspin Off Backspin stroke in our lessons.  Also take a look at this tutorial on Attack First.

In our 52 Week Training Plans we also have a section dedicated to 3rd Ball. Advanced Weeks 37 to 40: Third Ball Training Plans.




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