High ball

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

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John Russo

John Russo Asked 11 years ago

Hello Alois!

I just recently played in a tournament and I lost to a guy who returned the ball very high. What I mean by that is he played far from the table and when he returned my slams they would bounce very high on my side. I found myself jumping to return his shots and that made me very inconsistent in the process.  I need some of your killer advice!

Be blessed,  


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi John,

I would try waiting on the ground for the ball.  This would mean that you need to move back further and then move into the ball during the stroke.  You don't need to hit the ball too hard to start with, just place the ball well with enough power to keep him away from the table.  When he drops one a little shorter, which will happen, you can play the smash harder and go for the winner.

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John Russo

John Russo Posted 11 years ago

Thanks alot! I'll deninitly give that a shot, I've also seen you do something where you throw one of your legs in the air (hope that makes sense) and it looks like your doing it to hit higher balls, is that applicable to this situation? Thanks again you guys are great!

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 11 years ago

You can throw your leg into the air.  It is not the ideal shot but it does get you up a little higher to make the smash while still maintaining a bit of balance and contact with the ground.

Thanks for your praise! 

Shripathi ramakrishnan

Shripathi ramakrishnan Posted 10 years ago

yeah panda!!


D K Posted 8 years ago

And what about preventing the jump of the ball and smash it BEFORE it raises?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

That can be a bit more risky.


D K Posted 8 years ago

Than a jumpsmash?

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