Close to the table topspin

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Abhiram Reddy

Abhiram Reddy Asked 9 years ago

A year ago I was using a premade bat which isn't as fast as the current bat (the basic jonyer ply +mark V max on both sides).  I was used to fast, close to the table rallies and had not really developed the concept of using considerable topspin  .After a lot of practice I am now able to play topspins from my forehand with reasonable control and accuracy.  But now I am unable to counter-hit and counter-hitting rallies seem like unfamiliar lands (It's ironic) and  prefer loop-rallies from a distance.  Being an attacking player I find it necessary to have the ability to attack from near the table as well  (It will also indirectly add to my defense, after all, a counter-hit or block which is low over the net and long can only be attacked with topspin;an area I'm comfortable with). So how do I develop playing close to the net fast rallies especially countering a counter-hit without losing my touch on topspinning.  Also, please give me tips about the ready position, shots I should use and how I should chose between the loop and counter-hit against my opponents shot.

PS:I'm sorry for the long back-story but i thought giving you an idea of my present skills and circumstances would give you a better idea on what and how I should work on in my game.

Thank You


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Abhiram,

I think a good solution for you would be to play a close to the table topspin.  You don't need to do a big topspin but shorten the stroke but still get the brushing contact over the ball.

I think this will make the close to the table and topspin both possible.


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Abhiram Reddy

Abhiram Reddy Posted 9 years ago

Thanks Alois .I will certainly work on this.One more question:In the fast counter-hit rallies what should my racket angle be to a) block b)counter-hit and i want the ball quite low over the net as even the slightest elevation is put away


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

You would need to have your bat tilted slightly forward to counteract the speed and put a little topspin on the ball to get it to dip quickly.



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