Countering Aggressive Play

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 4 years ago

Dave Price

Dave Price Asked 4 years ago

Hi guys, I recently played a player who would smash the ball at every opportunity and was getting a lot of points from this.  Being a defensive player, I was having a lot of problems trying to counter this, playing short and low helped but I wasn't gaining much advantage by doing this, as well as having difficulty switching from defense to offense if I had an opportunity.

I was just wondering what your thoughts are on how to counter this, do i just need to practice more short and low shots? Do i slow down the game tactically by taking time between serves,etc? Or do you suggest some other way?.

Your advice would be very handy, as it seems there is a trend in North Wales teams for aggressive play leading to smashes which I want to be able to counter and put them off trying them throughout the match.



Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 4 years ago

Hi David,

I think the first step is keeping the ball low and short as you are doing.

The next thing is variation.  Strangely sometimes a slightly higher ball or a ball with topspin can change the stroke that they have to play.  Think about placement as well.  A ball that is a little wider to the backhand or forehand can work.

It is strange how a subtle change can often make a big difference.  It is a matter of getting them out of their comfort zone.

A change of pace between rallies can also help.  Especially if they are building confidence with each smash... slow things down a little.

Let me know how you get on.

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