Playing close to the Table

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 6 years ago

Marcin Lonak

Marcin Lonak Asked 6 years ago

Hello Coaches,

What are the disadvantages of playing close to the Table?

When I think of one, it might be that the elbow region is getting quite vulnerable, cause it's quite big then, and the ball is rarely hit in the optimal highest point of the arc (mostly while rising). Is that the main reason why attacking players go back? Also it's easier to go really low a step back from the Table.

But the argument of having more time, is more of the defensive nature.

Please give some more explanation why attacking players use frequently to step back or maybe they attacking through power and not through speed. They actually slow but powerful and need their time for the powerful swing?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Marcin,

It is usually a time issue that forces players back from the table.  This applies to the ball in the middle as well.  If you have more time you can move and play that ball in the middle.

If you are seeing the ball well and can cope with it then staying closer is usually more effective because it cuts down the amount of time your opponent has to make decisions and react.

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