Smashing against topspin

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 7 years ago

Andrej Koralewski

Andrej Koralewski Asked 7 years ago

Hi Alois and Jeff,

a happy New Year to both of you.

I often have problems returning high spinny loops - it seems these are sometimes impossible to block. Recently I tried to smash them instead and it seemed to work better (when successful it's a killer shot of course), but the position to the ball must be exactly right, which isn't so very easy either. Would you have any tips on this subject?

(I realize that short pimples are probably best for this, but I play a spinny defensive rubber with thin sponge, which works good for attack, too.)

Thanks & best wishes,


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Anrej,

Happy New Year to you too.

Smashing this ball is an option but it can be quite risky because you need to get the timing right.  If you feel comfortable doing it keep going.  I think it is also good to learn to control that ball back as well.

Take a look at our lesson on how to Counter a Slow Spinny Topspin.

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Andrej Koralewski

Andrej Koralewski Posted 7 years ago

Many thanks, the video is a great help!

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