Chopping underspin

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 9 years ago

Jeremiah Sbarra

Jeremiah Sbarra Asked 9 years ago

I am an intermediate player with fairly decent strokes (thanks to your wonderful instructions )  and play about 3 times per week. I am practicing forehand topspin against underspin with some but limited sucess. My friend, who is much higher rated, and  wins most of his matches against higher intermediates and some more advanced club players by consistently chopping both topspin and underspin. He is also capable of good hits against topspin on softer returns. He claims I will never be able to overcome heavy underspin considering I am older, lack speed and footwork and cannot practice enough to have a high percentage of successful returns. He advocates learning to chop better and give back what spin you get. What are your thoughts?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Jeremiah,

I think it is important to be able to learn how to push and chop the ball back to develop your control and understanding of spin.

I do think though that you can develop your topspin at whatever age.  Besides it is something that is good to learn about the game.

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