Why counter top-spin more difficult than loop

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 4 years ago

Ernest Wahyu

Ernest Wahyu Asked 4 years ago

Hi Alois,

I played with several very good players and they return my topspin with another topspin easily. I tried to do another counter topspin but i feel that the ball so heavy,  even heavier than returning a backspin ball. As the result i only can return the ball slowly with a slight spin on it. So, my questions are :

  1. Why counter topspin is more difficult to do than a loop ?
  2. Can u give me some tips how to do a fast counter topspin in a topspin rally ?
  3. What should i do to excel topspin to topspin rally ?

Thanks you


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 4 years ago

HI Ernest,

Take a look at our lesson on the Topspin to Topspin which may help.

It is a difficult stroke to pay because you are reversing the heavy spin that is coming towards you.  The ball is also dipping quickly with their topspin.

With the loop off backspin the ball is still moving in the same direction.


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