How to topspin a low ball

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 1 year ago

Aaron Lin

Aaron Lin Asked 1 year ago

When the incoming ball is LOW over the net, the ones that just pass the net without touching the top of the net, i often have trouble top spinning those balls.

When i try, It just keeps going out of the table,


 i know that closing racket angle helps if the ball keeps going off the table, but i've gotten into the habit to close the racket angle so much to the point where the racket is almost parallel to the ground, and result in me develop incorrect topspin strokes.... i have the habit to close racket angle even when the incoming ball has less topspin.....

So is there any tips for me to fix this, other than suggesting to close my racket angle.

What i am basically saying is i can't get the ball to land on the table UNLESS my racket angle is extremely closed, but I want to learn to the proper topspin stroke so i don't want to use a topspin stroke where it's almost a horizontal stroke.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 year ago

Hi Aaron,

If the ball has bounced over the net and is long enough to topspin then it is also high enough to make a successful topspin.

It is all about the angle of the racket and the contact.  You can also slow down the topspin a little to give yourself a better chance of hitting it on the table by having a more vertical brushing of the ball.  It is finding the delicate balance of angle and brushing contact.  It is not something that is easy but work on changing those two things and you will find something that works for you.

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Aaron Lin

Aaron Lin Posted 1 year ago

Hi Alois. I think you may be right, i think my racket angle isn't the big issue but i think it might be because i am not getting enough of a brushing contact and too much of a flat hit. 


Could this be the reason? Epecially true when i try to do a more powerful stroke

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 year ago

Yes that could be it.

Rohan I am

Rohan I am Posted 1 year ago

Alois, could it also be that with these low balls, Aaron isn't starting the bat low enough to get the upward brushing stroke?

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