When to attack

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 6 years ago


D K Asked 6 years ago

Hello Alois

After some arguments with teammates,I would want to ask:how do I recognise which ball should I attack?

My trainer finally understood that I am unable to master the kill-as-soon-as-possible style,so they helped me to create more defensive strategies.
I trust these strategies because I know that even Matsushita himself pracised them,although with some alternations.

But there was a clash:trainer sometimes shouted that I should attack one ball and not the next one.
But how can I recognise it?
The incoming strokes were quite the same,same height,same spin,same length,same placement...
So what is the key? :/



Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi DK,

For a defender, I think it is important to utilise your defence first to see how good your opponent's attack is.  If they are getting on top of you with their attack, then think about making your own attack sometimes to keep them off balance.  If your defence is winning then there is no need to attack.

So it is more about the match situation rather than the height or depth of the ball.

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D K Posted 6 years ago

This is,of course,my basic strategy.
My dream is to becaome a player that can compete with the best players without the need to attack.

But what to do in situations when I encounter a player who does not attack,but is really good at keeping the ball low on the table?
If I defend,they overwhelm me by being more consistent with dead pushes.
In these situations,I need to know when to attack.
And the second reason of my question is that I would just like to know how my mates and trainer meant their cues.

Johan B

Johan B Posted 6 years ago

Sounds like you need to push with more variation :) aim differently, push some short, some long, fake directions, add some sidespin, throw in a nospin push


D K Posted 6 years ago

I am trying this,but I always pick up a wrong ball to create this variation.
For example,if I try to change direction from crosscourt to down-line,the ball will fall next to the sideline.

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