Tactics against anti spin players

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 1 year ago

Ruchika Achha

Ruchika Achha Asked 1 year ago

What are the tactics against anti spin players?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 year ago

Hi Ruchika,

The main thing is to remember that the anti spin reverses the spin on the ball.

If you know that and react to that then you can start to put the spin on the ball that you want and understand what will come back.  If you want a topspin ball back then play with backspin to the anti spin.

Of course a lot of anti spin players will be able to attack well with the other side so it is a matter of also taking this into consideration when considering your tactics.  Work on stopping them from attacking with the other side of their bat.

For our Premium members we have a tutorial on Playing Against Antispin in our Different Rubbers section.



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Erwin lovesplayingtt

Erwin lovesplayingtt Posted 1 year ago

I never thought they actually reverse the spin but more or less let the imparted spin go on. If you topspin the ball will be spinning on his forward axis, when they hit the anti-spin they have no friction and will be spinning on in the same direction. It will come back to you as backspin. (a little less spin as you've put in). That's how i learned it.

Nigel C

Nigel C Posted 1 year ago

Erwin, I agree with you, but I think it is a matter of preference on how people explain the effect of playing against anti spin and long pimples. Normal reverse rubbers mean that players both playing top spin shots or both playing back spin to each other overcome the spin on the ball and impart their own spin. They change the direction of the ball and the spin. Anti and long pimples change the direction of the ball but not the spin, they do not literally reverse the spin. It is only reversed from your own perspective in that it was top spin now it's back spin, or it was back spin now it's top spin etc. I hope this description doesn't confuse anyone. I think it's good to draw a diagram then it is easily understood.

John Kao

John Kao Posted 1 year ago

"Reversing" the spin is actually the same just letting the spin go on. Alois says "reverse" because it turns backspin (to you) into topspin (to your opponent), or vice versa

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