Drop shot from away from the table

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 8 years ago

Peter Habich

Peter Habich Asked 9 years ago

Hi Alois, 

I started playing tabletennis and badminton at the same time 6 years ago. In summer I play a little tennis. I am always trying to find out some similarities in these three sports.

For example I use the third ball attack from tabletennis in badminton and it works.And the tennis serve is similar to the badminton smash.

Here my question.There is such a wonderful attacking shot in badminton called dropshot from the rearcourt with or without slice.  I have never seen such a shot in table tennis that is one player is away from the table, shows a rapid arm movement and slows down shortly before contact with the bat so the ball dops short behind the net.Woudn't this be a strong deception for the opponent?

Why this kind of stroke does not seem possible in table tennis?

thanks and regards


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Peter,

I think the problem would be if you hit the ball from high it would bounce high on the other side and give your opponent too much time to move in and attack the next ball.

Instead the drop shot in Table Tennis is played by moving in and getting the ball early off the bounce. Drop Shot off a Lob.

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Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

This was an interesting question and we discussed it in detail in episode 12 of the Ask the Coach show. Take a look and let us know what you think.


D K Posted 8 years ago

The only possible way how to shorten the game from the long distance is probably the around-net shot,isnt it?

Johan B

Johan B Posted 8 years ago

You can play a very spinny slow topspin that dips down right behind the net

Fouad Hafnium

Fouad Hafnium Posted 8 years ago

Johan B. is right.

You can try to give the ball more topspin than speed so that after it hits the table it would go on a horizontal trajectory instead of bouncing high enough for the opponent to reach it. This usually works best when you're not very far from the table though,

Here is an example of Shang Kun doing it in a match against Fan Zhendong: https://youtu.be/V6hVaYio208?t=3m58s


D K Posted 8 years ago

EEh...we misjudged what means "long distance"

For me,it is the distance from where I cannot reach the table without moving closer

Johan B

Johan B Posted 8 years ago

Technically, isn't what you just said pretty much the normal ready position when receiving serves? o.O


D K Posted 8 years ago

I do not know where you receive your serves but I do so with my wrist just at the endline.

I talked about position where you cannot reach the endline no matter how you will lean

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