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I played with a guy who plays really fast. When he does his very fast topspin serves, I can't react to loop or to use topspin it. Because I cant topspin against very fast balls, also, he serves sometimes to the left, sometimes to the right side. Tried to topspin it or loop, but without success. I can always block it, or counter by flat bat contact. But he continues to topspin, I continue to block. Tried to counter by flat contact to different sides of the table, but after 3-4 blocks I fail. What must I do ?
First don't try to do too much with the return if you are having problems with it. Instead of just blocking it back, add a little topspin on the ball on the return. You can do this with a small action rather than a big topspin or looking action. He has already put the speed on the ball for you. By pushing your bat over the top of the ball on the return you are going to generate the topspin that will kick of a little faster on their side. This si sometimes enough speed and spin to put them under pressure.
Secondly, make sure you are watching the ball carefully when he is serving. You will find that it gives you a split second longer to react and play a better stroke.
Then in the rally vary the placement and speed of your shots. The thing the attacking player is looking for is an even paced rally where they are able to use their stronger side, forehand or backhand.
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