Playing left handers

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 9 years ago

B N

B N Asked 9 years ago

Hi I play a left hander regularly who has a very good forehand but a weak backhand. I want to play to his backhand but he stands as far to his backhand side as possible so it's very hard too play to his backhand. I tried playing to wide forehand but his footwork is very good and he gets there in time to attack. What shall I do? Thanks


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Benedict,

The key here is the next ball.  You are doing the right thing by hitting the ball wide to his forehand first.  Then think about just blocking the ball to his backhand side next once you have exposed his backhand corner.

You don't have to play a strong shot there just use the pace of his shot to position the next one into that side of the table.  The fact that he has a weak backhand can be exposed.


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B N

B N Posted 9 years ago

Thanks a lot. I think it's a brilliant tactic.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Let me know if it works for you.


B N

B N Posted 9 years ago

It worked really well. But I think I need to get the shots more accurate to use it to its full effect. Unfortunately Ididn't winbecause I was losing too many points on my serve. He  stand in the middle returning but my pendulum down the line isnt as fast or spinny as cross court so even on backhand he could attack. Hope you come up with another brilliant tactic. Thanks Alois 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

YOu could also try serving fast and wide to his forehand and then blocking the next ball to his forehand.  The serve would need to be wide and fast though to be effective.  This will take some time training the serve to get better.


B N

B N Posted 9 years ago

Ok I'll try it.



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