Topspin of a float ball

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 7 years ago

Simon Lewis

Simon Lewis Asked 7 years ago

Hi Pingskills,

I am having problem judging my topspin strokes off float balls. I am fairly comfortable in returning heavy backspin, because you can judge how much top you need to put on by seeing how much backspin is on the ball. Float though seems to be far more tricky for me, especially on the backhand. What is the best way to return long float balls, and what is the contact point on the ball to play a topspin shot off a float ball?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hey Simon,

The best way to play that ball is to brush over the top of it a bit more.Get your stroke moving more forward as well.  Really attack the ball.  If you play up on the ball the ball will fly off the end.  COntact the ball more on its top rather than its back.

Let me know how it goes.


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Simon Lewis

Simon Lewis Posted 7 years ago

Thanks Alois! Also, the only time I tend to be able to pick a float ball is when (by chance) I get a good look at the logo on the ball! If I dont see the logo, are there any characteristics off a float ball that I should look out for to tell that's what it is? I struggle picking float balls off serves especially....


Shripathi ramakrishnan

Shripathi ramakrishnan Posted 7 years ago

hey simon,you may  find listening to the sound of contact very useful! a dull thud sound means there is no/hardly any backspin on it while a softer one means its loaded. u can open up and attack this ball hard(the former) ! XD 



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