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Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 4 years ago

David Brown

David Brown Asked 4 years ago

I recently came out of semi-retirement to play a new opponent.  I couldn't judge the heavy loop and underspin.

Why does a heavy loop sometimes just die, then other times jumps forward and is hard to keep down.  How can I attack a heavy underspin, I was either faced with pushing it back or trying to lift it over the net with topspin but hit lots into the net.

The bats seem really juiced now.  Suggestions?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 4 years ago

Hi David,

The bounce of the ball on the heavy loop can be variable depending on the amount of spin and trajectory.  When the ball is spinning really fast it does sometimes bounce through quite low and other times it will bounce high.  Watch the ball carefully.  It could be the quality of the ball as well.  A softer ball will tend to keep very low when it has heavy spin.

The topspin against backspin takes a bit of practice.  Take a look at the tutorials on Forehand Topspin Off Backspin and Backhand Topspin Off Backspin for help with these.  A key is to get a brushing contact on the ball and finish high with your action.

Bats are now a lot faster with more spin available.  Important to find something that is in your ability range.  Take a look at the tutorial on Choosing a Table Tennis Bat.




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David Brown

David Brown Posted 4 years ago

Thanks Alois, my opponent tends to use more of a baseball grip which allows heavy loop with quicker wrist movement, but seems to limit the backhand to heavy slice.  It was hard to figure it out as it was unconventional.  I hadn't thought about the ball quality.  We were using 3 Star balls but not poly.  What balls do you recommend ? 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

Hi David,

If they are a 3 star ball even the old celluloid ball should bounce reasonably well.  Sometimes with the excessive spin the ball will still dip low.

I don't have a brand that is better than others but if you get a 3 star ball you are on the right track.


D K Posted 4 years ago

Baseball grip?
What is that?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

No finger up on the rubber.

Benzene Chiral

Benzene Chiral Posted 4 years ago


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

All fingers around the handle...  Will have to get David to confirm this...

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