How to play against fast no spin offensive players ?

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Last updated 10 years ago

Gilbert Grenié

Gilbert Grenié Asked 10 years ago


 During training, I work a lot on top spin, side spin and so on. But, sometimes in competition, I have to play against players who are very fast, very agressive with a no spin style of stroke. And it is difficult for me to force them to go out of their style. They serve long and fast, if I try to top they do a counterhit, I have no time to chop and if I try, the ball go I and they smash.

 What can I do tactically to beat this kind of players ?

 Thank you for your answer.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi Gilbert,

This sort of player usually has a weakness against variation of speed and spin.  They usually like the ball coming through fast and regular.  See if you can use variation especially with your topspin.

Another area that they tend to struggle with is if you give them heavy backspin especially if their topspin isn't as good.

Try these tips out and let me know what happens. 

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Gilbert Grenié

Gilbert Grenié Posted 10 years ago

Hi Alois,rnrnThank you for your answer. What I managed to do today was to chop his fast no spin serves, and alternately top them. It worked quite well, I was ahead 5-1 at the beginning, but at the end I lose the set. But I was only able to do that with my forehand, in a kind of pivotal position; because my backhand is less effective, both for chop and for top.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 years ago

Keep at it. As you grow in confidence in this tactic it will become more effective. Keep working on your backhand then they will have nowhere to go.

Kishor Kurian

Kishor Kurian Posted 10 years ago

I had a match where all my opponents where forehand offensive players with some to no spin.


When I had the chance to serve, what I did was to give a heavy backspin or sidespin towards their backhand side. Chances are they put it out of the board, or the ball rises or you get it right at your area so that you can simply put a top spin or smash towards their forehand side. It seems those players take a lot of time to move from their less effective backhand side towards their forehand side.


And when they serve, I get a super quick serve, that I put just near to the net,as close to the net, ofcourse to their weak side. 

 Backspin towards the Forehand offensive players is always a Win, but when they can effectievely overcome the spin of our ball by angling up their padle, our best option is to place the ball properly.


Just my 2 cents, and I am still a newbie in Table Tennis.

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