Forehand Topspin kill vs Forehand Controlled Topspin

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 9 years ago

Samuel Dumfarht

Samuel Dumfarht Asked 9 years ago

Hey Jeff and Alois.Really amazing videos out there on youtube.

I want to ask you about the forehand topspin.
See, if the ball is coming pretty steep with backspin on it,it is difficult to make an attacking topspin.
What I opt to do is I return the ball WITH topspin but in a more controlled manner so to maintain the consistensy of the ball bouncing on the table and not risking it going out of the table.
Is it the right thing to do rather than to go for a fast, kill like topspin stroke ?

Thanks :)

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Samuel,

Yes this is a very sound tactic.  It is a shot that will also win you a lot of points if you do it well.

Thanks for the kind words about the videos.

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Samuel Dumfarht

Samuel Dumfarht Posted 9 years ago

I want to ask one more thing.I always think of playing a slower,well placed topspin first and then I plan to go for the kill reacting to the slightly elevated response from my opponent as a result of my topspin.
Will you suggest this tactic ?

Thanks for answering :-)

mat huang

mat huang Posted 9 years ago

Nice tatic. In MOST matches, when there is pressure and all that, I generally loop with a higher arch, spinny and DEEP which is pretty hard to attack anyways because of spin and all that. When they give a weak return, go for a stronger topspin to force them to lob or win the point. For the high arc topsin, unless they have OK footwork they might not be able to pivot if you loop it to the Backhand


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Yes that can be a good tactic too.

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