How to Counterattack

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 6 years ago

Tim Teng

Tim Teng Asked 6 years ago

Hi Alois and Jeff, 

I constantly play against people who attack pretty well (attacking style, counterattack, etc.). To counter this I usually try to block or chop the ball. However, this will lead to me playing defensively, so it will not work for me (as I am more comfortable attacking). So how do people manage to counterattack a topspin loop effectively? 

Whenever I try to counterattack, it usually goes into the net, and sometimes I hit it with the side of the racket... So is there a way to solve this? 




Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Tim,

Take a look at this video on how to Counter a Slow Spinny Topspin and also the Topspin to Topspin lesson.  I think these will help you to learn how to deal with your opponent attacking.

The other thing to consider is how you can stop them from making the first attack.  In this situation, attacking first yourself is the key.  To do that you need to be able to play the ball short well and not give them an opportunity to make the first topspin.

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Nicolas Matthew

Nicolas Matthew Posted 6 years ago

Keep a keen eye and good focus of your body position to the ball position to prevent you hitting the ball with the side of your racket. Take a confident decision wether to counter it flatly or with a tremendous amount of spin. You might want to move back and give your self time to swing hard on the fast ball. If it goes to the net, adjust your bat angle, power given to the ball, body position, how much spin you give to the ball, and what kind of ball are you countering. Hope this helps :)

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