How to return the "Wobbly Shot"

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 8 years ago

elvin tee

elvin tee Asked 9 years ago

Hi, Alois and Jeff. I have a question about how to return wobbly shot. My seniour is a proffesional player among our team. He has a very good return for every shot. When I played with him, he did a wobbly shot that very low and had more spin. He can spin ball to left and also to right. I am a right handed, but I can spin ball to right only. His wobbly shot is very confuse, it looks like he spin the ball to my left hand side, but not, it spin to my right hand side.I want to know how he do the wobbly shot low, more spin and can change direction to left and right. Hope can answer my question and get my answer.


Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb Answered 9 years ago

Hi Elvin,

It's important to realise that your opponent can only spin the ball in one direction. This is because the rubber contacts the ball once and the spin it puts on the ball does not change as it comes towards you.

If you can see the contact when they hit the ball, you will be able to tell the type of spin. Sometimes however when they play the "wobbly" shot, the ball is hit from below the table where you can't always see the contact. In this case you need to watch the flight of the ball closely and see how it curves through the air. This will give you a good idea of which way it will bounce.

The key then is to get into a good position and make a normal smash of the high ball. Below is a video response that will hopefully help clear things up.


PS. Here is a previous video answer on How to play the wobbly shot.

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