Modern defensive tactics

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 4 years ago

Tim Hutchins

Tim Hutchins Asked 4 years ago

I have seen defensive related videos but would like to see something on modern defense. What are some key tactics for the modern defensive player? How to best develop these skills?

Tim H

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 4 years ago

Hi Tim,

This sounds like a good subject for a tutorial to add to our "Playing As" Series.

The main weapons a modern defender has is to be able to take advantage of any soft attacks by counterattacking strongly with their forehand.

This is set up by variations of defensive strokes through spin, speed and placement.  They can also be aggressive on their backhand with either the pimples or by twiddling and using the inverted rubber to attack on the backhand.


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