Breaking the pushing game

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 7 years ago

Peter Seago

Peter Seago Asked 7 years ago

I am a 3rd division player, with limited technique as yet. I often find that I play better against fast attacking players. Many of the players I struggle against play a pushing game. If one comes over the end of the table I'll have a go at looping it, but how else can I get out of being forced to play their game. I'm not interested in winning, but in being able to control more points.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Pete,

Try to open up the game by serving more aggressively.  Fast and long with good spin.  Also with your return of serve be more aggressive by pushing long or flicking.  You can even just roll the ball long.  This will force them to make an attack or give you a long push back that you can attack.  Either way the game starts to look like you want it to.

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Peter Seago

Peter Seago Posted 7 years ago

Hi, already trying to control from the serve the way you suggest, but will try rolling the return of serve more (often this fails at the moment - and I think this is my major technique to develop). I like the flick idea too, but too risky in matches). I guess I'll have to get a willing practice partner. I'll scroll through your videos for how to roll against a push, and for the flick.

Thanks for the quick response. My team want to get promotion this season, and I'm the weak link.


Doug Hopkins

Doug Hopkins Posted 7 years ago

Hi Alois. So just to clarify on some previous advice you have given about generally serving short in a match (say 4 out of 5 serves) this is an example of where it is better to serve long and fast. Say 4 out of 5 serves. Yes?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

Hi Doug,

Yes, in this particular situation this could be the case.

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