Questions on Topspin

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 11 years ago

Mudit Kapoor

Mudit Kapoor Asked 11 years ago

Hi Alois/Jeff,

I have been working on the variations of my topspin stroke and I have a few questions in this regard.

1. Is it possible to hit a fast topspin drive (rather than a high arc loop) on a heavy backspin ball? If yes, how?

2. Since the direction of application of force while hitting a topspin on a heavy backspin ball is primarily upwards, so how do we control the height of the arc? How to keep the ball quite low and still make it cross the net?

3. I have noticed that few players are very good in hitting a flat shot on a heavy backspin ball? As per my judgement, you need to pick the ball before the top of the bounce in this case. Do you have any more suggestions which would be helpful in increasing the consistency of this tricky shot?

 Regards,

Mudit

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 11 years ago

HI Mudit,

To hit a fast topspin drive off the backspin you need to speed up the racket and brush the ball really fast over the top.  This is not an easy stroke but it is possible to do.  The key element is the speed of the racket to generate the topspin and speed at the same time.

Hitting the ball at the peak of the bounce will also help here.  This will allow you the best chance of getting enough lift to carry the ball over the net. 


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