When to hit which ball

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 7 years ago

Thomas Kunzfeld

Thomas Kunzfeld Asked 7 years ago

Hi Alois,

(I hope I can formulate the question understandably):

SHOULD certain balls after specific strokes (like topspin, backspin, push etc.) after the bounce ALWAYS be hit when they are rising, at their highest point or falling? Or are there always different possibilities for returning each of these?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Thomas,

There are different possibilities for each stroke.  To start with though it is best to aim to hit the ball at the peak of the bounce.  This will make your shot easier.  As you become more advanced you can experiment with different timings of these strokes.

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Thomas Kunzfeld

Thomas Kunzfeld Posted 7 years ago

Hi Alois,

your answer is perfect for me and gives a helpful orientation.

Until recently I tended to take the balls quite early, because I felt time pressure, which is not necessary as I have now discovered. Now I take them a bit later and my playing is more relaxed. Just with the push I still try to return the ball as early as possible, as you suggest in one of your videos.

Thank you very much!

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