Using The Counter-hit in a Match

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 7 years ago

Johnny Long

Johnny Long Asked 7 years ago


After watching some games on youtube, I don't see the counter-hit getting used much in matches at the professional level.

At a lower level, let's say in clubs, should I ever need to use the counter-hit in my matches? Is there still uses of the counter-hit sometimes? 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Johnny,

It is not a shot that you use in a match much.  It is usually a block or a topspin stroke.  However it is a good basis of a stroke to learn control.  

All of the strokes are extensions of each other.  The block is the shortest of them and then as you lengthen your stroke it becomes a counterhit and then a topspin.

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Johnny Long

Johnny Long Posted 7 years ago

Thanks Alois. Cleared up my confusion on the stokes.


D K Posted 7 years ago

In fact,very active block is a counterhit

Ben Einhorn

Ben Einhorn Posted 7 years ago

If you want see the counter hit in use at a professional level I recommend watching Mima Ito. Is her fast counter hit / blocking technique something we will see more in the future? I find it totally amazing...


D K Posted 7 years ago

Generally,SHortpips attackers use backhand counterhit quite frequently

Ilia Minkin

Ilia Minkin Posted 7 years ago

I think that D K made a good point about counterhitting and active blocking. It is used a lot.


D K Posted 7 years ago


It is the first time that someone except the Great Coaches told somthing positive about me (in terms of our beautiful sport)

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