Problem Attacking Mid Distance Backspin Balls

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 7 years ago

Johnny Long

Johnny Long Asked 7 years ago


I'm having problems attacking backspin balls that aren't short or long, like a mid distance ball. 

With long backspin balls I can comfortably topspin it, and with short backspin I can flick. 

So with this mid distance ball, should I topspin, flick, or something else? 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Johnny,

If the ball comes off the end of the table on the second bounce, then try to topspin it.  If it is dropping close to the end line, you need to get your legs really low and your leg close to the table to make this shot.  It is a matter of getting as close as you can to the table so either putting your left or right leg forward whichever gets you in to the best position to make it.

Your stroke often becomes quite vertical because you have to go upwards to miss hitting the table.

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