Sinking shots

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 7 years ago

Waley Chu

Waley Chu Asked 7 years ago


I noticed while playing against someone, their drive would sometimes 'sink'. Is this behavior dependent on the intensity of spin or power? I usually see this done with topspin but can this be done with other spins?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Waley,

It is the topspin that makes the ball dip quickly.  Backspin will make the ball float and sidespin will make it curve in the air.

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Waley Chu

Waley Chu Posted 7 years ago


Thank you for the response. I should've specify I mean that was what I noticed after the ball hits the table and not off the bat. I just notice that a lot of the balls that my opponent hits dip a lot after it hits the table. Is this due to the quality of the brush? I was also wondering can any other spins can sink as well after the contact is made on the table. Thank you.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

It is still the topspin that makes the ball dip after it bounces.  Backspin will tend to make the ball sit up a little usually unless it is a fast low backspin that might skid through.

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