Pivot forehand against backspin

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 8 years ago

Edwin Gosens

Edwin Gosens Asked 8 years ago

Hi Coach,

I am not sure how to call it when you walk around on the backhand side and make a way to your forhand but i believe its called pivoting or something like that?

Anyways, I used to do it alot in matches to set up my attacks but i noticed that when i do it against backspin the attack does not have that much speed as against topspin or no spin.

But the problem is that since Im playing on a higher level now is that my opponents manage to block those slow loops to my forehand side and get me out of balance. somethimes there is so much topspin in my loop that the ball flies of the table and sometimes I am able to continue attacking even when I am out of balance. But most of the times I can't reach to the ball. 

What should I do to eliminate this problem? Use my backhand more or improve my movement? My backhand is pretty good against backspin but not a good as my forehand and it can be quite inaccurate at some times.

Kind regards,


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Edwin,

I would think of making this better in two ways.  First improve your backhand topspin and there won't be any problems.  The other is to think about variation of your forehand topspin when you pivot.  This will make it hard for the blocker to dictate the next ball.

You can add variation of spin speed and placement.

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