Smash falling into the lap

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

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D K

D K Asked 1 year ago

Greetings Team,
I just wanted to ask: https://youtu.be/uQ_bkiu0HCI?t=64
I see the smashes are falling rather to Michal Maze's lap.
But whenever I get into lobbing situation,I never get this.
The balls are falling behind my head etc.

Are they having so much bigger court that even our TOP League reaches about half the size?
Or is the lobber creating THAT much topspin to reduce the power that much?
Or is there any other secret how to enforce this?

Thanks
DK


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 year ago

Hi DK,

Michael Maze is an exceptional lobber.  He keeps a lot of topspin on the ball and also keeps the ball deep on the opponent's side.  When he gets the opportunity he will keep the ball lower as well to stop his opponent from making an effective strong shot.

He then reads the opponent's direction well and places himself into the middle fo the area that they are likely to hit the ball.  This allows him to cover the possibilities well and it then looks like they are smashing the ball straight to him.


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D K

D K Posted 1 year ago

I would understand game reading,the general thing of my question was rather about why they dont smash OVER him as happens to me.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 year ago

He may be further away from the table.  They wouldn't have the power to smash that far.


D K

D K Posted 1 year ago

Then I wonder what is exactly the distance he has availiable.
In our TOP level halls most State level players have the power to smash over the barriers


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 year ago

The length of the courts is around 14m.


D K

D K Posted 1 year ago

You mean 14 from barrier to barrier or from table to barrier?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 year ago

Barrier to barrier.


D K

D K Posted 1 year ago

Then someone's space length guessing ability is really distorted.
As our TOP league's space is also said to be 14m barrier-barrier,but even I can smash over the barrier with offensive bat.


Nigel C

Nigel C Posted 1 year ago

DK, I wonder if this is down to the hitter using reduced power due to the spin and positioning of the lob. Also he is a penholder and he uses a lot of topspin. I think most people smashing use a little topspin but you usually see the ball travel a bit further. So maybe the ball is actually dipping lower due to the magnus effect.


Nigel C

Nigel C Posted 1 year ago

DK, you could test this out when you try your new rubbers - get someone to lob and try smashing with lots of topspin and then do some without.

 


D K

D K Posted 1 year ago

I would understand this,though the fact is that I have never seen a match of worldclass where someone smashes over the barrier with the exception fo Jorgen Persson


D K

D K Posted 3 weeks ago

I have spoken about this matter with Michael Maze in person.
He confirmed that the space we play in is really approx 14m long,but also confirmed the space he lobbed from was still a few meters bigger.
Also,he was able to explain to me,where is the problem with my lobs.
He indirectly revealed my lobs are (in the boundaries of my overall level) quite well placed,quite spinny,but they lack forward momentum,meaning that although they are high,spinny etc,they land under too vertical angle. In my case,it means I must close the bat a bit more and perform more loop-like stroke to succeed.
In yesterday's match,where I defeated my former coach's nightmare,I confirmed that.



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