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I have a friend that I play a lot and he uses a lot of spin, side and back. Everytime one of his balls hit my paddle they either hit the net or go off to the side. I play fine against people who hit flat. How do I fix this problem?
At the higher levels Table Tennis is a game of spin. In order to improve from someone who plays in the garage to being competitive with club level players, you need to learn how to spin the ball and how to deal with spin. Although that is easy to write, it is a hard skill to learn.
The simple answer is to practice a lot against people like your friend that can spin the ball. You will start to understand how the different spin affects your shots and learn to cater for the spin.
When your opponent hits the ball with backspin, it will hit your bat and the spin will drag the ball downwards towards the table. To fix this you need to angle your bat towards the ceiling and push the ball back. You should even try to generate a little backspin yourself off this shot to put the pressure back on your opponent. Take a look at the following online lessons to see what I am talking about.
With regards to sidespin, you need to learn to tell what sidespin has been put on the ball. Will it hit your bat and fly to the left or right? Once you can tell this, you can start to use your bat like a rudder to counter the spin. Rather than trying to aim wide of the table, simply angle your bat to counter the spin.
Let me know if these tips help you out. Good luck!
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