Replying to constant chop shots

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 7 years ago

Len Buffey

Len Buffey Asked 7 years ago

What is the best reply to a player who simply sends every shot back with push & chop shots? When I meet these players it feels like the rally can go on all night & I feel like I am playing the ball against a wall. I start to think that I have to do something to end the rally & then, of course, I make the mistake & lose the point.

Any suggestions please?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Len,

It can be frustrating playing against players that only defend.  That is their main aim.

I find that it is easier to make an attack earlier in the rally.  So try some 3rd ball attacks.  Utilise your serve or return of serve to set you up for the attack.  The attack becomes more effective because you have your opponent closer to the table.  When you push a few balls to them they have time to settle into their defensive position and then when you make the attack they don’t have far to move.

We have a lesson on Playing A Defensive Chopper in our Match Strategy lessons.


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Len Buffey

Len Buffey Posted 7 years ago

Thanks for the answer.

I guess I kind of expected you would say that because  I tend to play defensively myself & have experienced  opponents  who do just as you say & win. I guess I need to decide early on that I will attack when I really want to wait for a better chance.  There isn't anything to lose because if I mess up the attack I'm in the same position as I would be if I tried to out defend the defender.

I suppose I need a good topspin shot into the opponents weakest area.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

Give it a try and see how it works for you.  As you say, nothing to lose.



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