Taking control of the ball

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 8 years ago

Ayesha Noon

Ayesha Noon Asked 8 years ago

How can you easily get control of the ball in a rally so you don't have to play too defensivly and can easily get a point?

Ex. Like if your opponent hits the ball on the far side of the table and keeps on doing it on both sides so you have to run around the whole table to get the ball and it gets very hard, so you have to play defensivly the whole time and can't get a point.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Ayesha,

Try to play cross court.  So if your opponent plays it to your forehand, go wider to their forehand.  This will cut down the angle they have to pay back to your backhand side.  Also at the start of the rally play more to the middle and deep on their side of the table so that they can’t get you wide and then when you get the opportunity with a weak shot, you can play them wide first.


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Ayesha Noon

Ayesha Noon Posted 8 years ago

Thanks


Arnab Ghosh

Arnab Ghosh Posted 8 years ago

But at the start of the rally if I play the ball to the middle part of the table doesn't he have both the angles to choose from? He can confuse me as to which way he will loop.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

But he can’t hit the ball wide either way and you will be able to reach it on either side.


Ayesha Noon

Ayesha Noon Posted 8 years ago

You guys are awesome.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Thanks Ayesha.


Ayesha Noon

Ayesha Noon Posted 8 years ago

As Arnab Ghosh said, can't your opponent take control of you if you hit it in the middle? Because they can gradually keep hitting the ball deeper and deeper because you hit the ball in the middle in the beginning so now you are running around everywhere and it's too late for you to hit the ball deep because they have control over you. So what did you mean in your answer to Arnab Ghosh?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

If you play the ball to the middle they can’t get the angle.  You need to make sure the ball stays deep on the table.  From that position it is easier for you to cover all the possible options.  Try it our and see if you can feel what I am talking about.

Only when you get a shorter ball should you then play wide and fast to outpace them.


Arnab Ghosh

Arnab Ghosh Posted 8 years ago

Hi Alois,

You are right. I tried out your strategy and it works. I just had to concentrate on the blocking, he couldn't generate the angles anymore, first he tried and the ball went out. Then all I had to do was create an opening in the table to make him uncomfortable. 

The key points I had to notice is that after I return his serve in the middle I just had to block well on both flanks and that in most cases when the ball is in the middle the opponent returns at the right angle. I mean if he is a right hander he will return to my forehand and vice versa.

Thanks


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Good to hear it has helped Arnab.


Ayesha Noon

Ayesha Noon Posted 8 years ago

So your saying that if the ball is hit deep on the table I should return it in the middle, and if it is played short I should hit it deep on the sides?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

That is a good basic tactic.


Ayesha Noon

Ayesha Noon Posted 8 years ago

Ok. I'll find out how good it works for me.


Ayesha Noon

Ayesha Noon Posted 8 years ago

Would it work good if I still put my serve or my return from a serve a little bit to the side in a rally?


Ayesha Noon

Ayesha Noon Posted 8 years ago

Because returning or serving to the middle isn't doing me any good


Ayesha Noon

Ayesha Noon Posted 8 years ago

So would it work good?


Ayesha Noon

Ayesha Noon Posted 8 years ago

I'm doing better with that tecnique


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

If it is working for you then persevere with it.


Ayesha Noon

Ayesha Noon Posted 8 years ago

Ok. Thanks



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