Backhand Counter Loop

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 8 years ago

Enoch Oppong

Enoch Oppong Asked 8 years ago

Hi Alois and Jeff

I have a problem with my backhand counter loop everytime my opponent does a slow spinny topspin I try the backhand counterloop. It sometimes hits the edge of my bat other times it goes off the table just barely missing the table. I can block slow topspin fairly well but sometimes I would like to counter it and put my opponent under pressure. My question is do I have to contact the ball with my bat closed over the ball or do I have to contact the ball with an open bat and come in and flat hit?

thanks Enoch

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Enoch,

Try to come in with a slightly flatter bat to start with and allow the ball to sink into the sponge more.  Don't try to do too much with the ball but just get a little topspin on the contact.

As you become more comfortable and see the ball better you can close over the angle slightly and generate more and more spin.

This is a difficult stroke but an effective stroke if you can get it right.

Take a look at our lesson on how to Counter a Slow Spinny Topspin.

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