Third ball with fast pushes

Table Tennis Training and Drills

Last updated 6 years ago

Francisco Cespedes Grau

Francisco Cespedes Grau Asked 6 years ago

Hi again!, I'm having trouble with doing topspin in the third ball attack, I have a good topspin in general, against block and against backspin, my problem is time, this is the case:

(Training game with one person of my club, I play a lot with him)

I do a short serve with backspin, he always pushes with fast push but medium backspin to my middle or backhand, my problem is i feel i dont have time to get the position, because this I usually start the preparation of the forehand topspin and then I see it's coming to my backhand, this is very common.

It's normal I feel i dont have time with a fast push off short ball? How I train this?

Thank you?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Francisco,

This is common.

First practice it a lot when you know where the ball is coming.  The start to practice it slowly when your partner has 2 options of where he can push the ball.  Get him to push slowly at first and increase the pace as you start to react quicker.

The key is to watch the ball really carefully when you are serving and follow it all the way through the rally.  Also watch the lesson we have on Improving Your Reflexes which will help as well.

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Ilia Minkin

Ilia Minkin Posted 6 years ago

I suffered from this some time ago. Then I noticed that my short serve often popped up too high, which gave my opponent an opportunity to make a really stiff push. Once I could lower my serve, he struggled to make such a fast push. So it could the point in your case as well (or not).

Francisco Cespedes Grau

Francisco Cespedes Grau Posted 6 years ago

Thank you both, I'm focusing in more random drills BH-FH Middle and BH-FH Wide, and now I'm getting better at this, I still need a lot of work but I see I'm getting better at this.

I think my problem is I have done very rarely more random drills.

Alois, When someone has a solid tecnique with fixed drills, would you implement random drills in each training session?

I also saw sometimes my serve is a bit high, just a little, like Ilia said, Im algo working on that.


Thank you both!

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Hi Francisco,

Yes random drills are important.  Once you have the basics then focus more and more on random drills.

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