Faster topspin against backspin

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 6 years ago

Chandrachur Mukherjee

Chandrachur Mukherjee Asked 6 years ago

Hi Alois,

I have noticed that when I hit the topspin against a heavy backspin, the ball does not move that scary fast as opposed to the times I do counter-topspins. This generates a slow spiny topspin which my opponent just punches through flat(which does not require very much skill at all) and I start defending until I lose the point.

If I try to make the stroke any faster, I just return a higher slow spiny topspin ball, which this time he can just smash easily.

Any suggestions on how to make the ball go that same scary fast as it does in a counter-topspin?

Also, which is the better way to improve in table tennis. By playing matches against random opponents in my club or is it by practicing drills. I personally feel that the drills are not that effective as they focus on a particular action repeatedly, which is never the case in the real game. I think matches are more fun and effective way of improving. What do you think?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Chandrachur,

Try to flatten out the contact slightly.  You will still be able to generate some topspin to make the ball dip onto the table but the flatter contact will get the ball travelling faster... maybe even scary fast!  Also take a look at the tutorial on the Advanced Forehand Topspin.


To improve in table tennis you need a mixture of drills and matches.  However you can make the drills more game like.  Progress your drills as you start to feel comfortable with it.  Make it more challenging and more game like.

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Chandrachur Mukherjee

Chandrachur Mukherjee Posted 6 years ago

But Alois,

Wont the flat contact drag the ball straight to the net since the topspin is against heavy backspin chop?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

You can flatten it out more than you are at the moment.  You will need to experiment as to how flat you can go and still get the ball to lift and dip.


D K Posted 6 years ago

Chandradur,Alois is right.

I am successfully using this attacking technique if I need to break through another chopper's guard.
I would describe the required stroke like this:

The motion of the arm is from loop,but the bat is tilted for a flat contact.
This video clearly shows what I mean.
Dont mind that it is penhold,the principles are the same.

And Alois sorry for using non-pingskills video,but you do not seem to have this in stock.

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