Flat ball

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 3 years ago

IMMANUEL J

IMMANUEL J Asked 3 years ago

Hi Alois, Jeff,

I have a question, I struggle in not knowing if the ball has no spin, is there a way I can judge the ball. How do I practice hitting flat shots. Should my arm swing be restricted.? And secondly while playing doubles can team members talk during the rally.

Thanks

Emmanuel


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 3 years ago

Hi Emmanuel,

To hit a flat ball it is best to generate some topspin of your own.  If you get good topspin on the ball it will increase your margin for error because of the dip on the ball.  Focus on generating the topspin by playing a good topspin stroke as we show you in the lesson on the Forehand Topspin Against Block.  The less backspin the more forward you can come on the stroke.

In doubles no one should talk during the rally.  It can be distracting for your opponents.


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IMMANUEL J

IMMANUEL J Posted 3 years ago

Thanks Alois for your valuable input. Just to confirm on the talking part can the opponents object to it and if so can the point be claimed by them?

Thanks 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 3 years ago

The umpire should keep that under control.  You aren't allowed to distract your opponent.


IMMANUEL J

IMMANUEL J Posted 3 years ago

Hi Alois Thanks for your input. Regarding the flat ball, during a rally the the no spin ball in which I am not able to gauge is delivered to my middle, since my hand movement is restricted I thought its best to hit the ball flat, especially when it doesn't dip. When I try to execute the top spin i feel that i am giving too much time for the opponent to react. This is just my thought. Hope You understand my plight.

Sincerely,

Emmanuel 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 3 years ago

Hi Emmanuel,

If you can get lower with your legs you won't need to move much and can still play a good topspin stroke from the balanced position you are in.  This will save a lot of time and be an effective way to deal with the middle ball.


IMMANUEL J

IMMANUEL J Posted 3 years ago

Thanks Alois! I never thought of that. It's Working right!!



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