Heavy topspin with no jump

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 8 years ago

Michael Song

Michael Song Asked 8 years ago

Thanks for answering my last question! It was extremely helpful!  Now for one more.

When I try to backhand loop off of backspin, on some occasions, my paddle feels as if it grazes the ball extremely quickly, but the ball then has no arch when it hits the opposite side.  Does that mean that there is no topspin? My coach says that instead of it being no spon, the ball has extremely heavy spin.  To prove his point, I played the same type of ball, and it went flying off of his paddle with a closed face, but there is absolutely no arch and it looks as if the ball is dead.  Is there topspin on this ball or no? If yes, how would you play against this type of ball?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Michael,

It does sound like you are getting a good amount of topspin on the ball if it is going up off your coach's bat.

It sounds like you are doing a low, slow spinny topspin. To handle this type of ball you need to really hit down on the block.  We have a lesson on this in our Strokes & Techniques section on how to Counter a Slow Spinny Topspin.

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