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It can be difficult to know how to deal with a slow spinny topspin. Although the ball may be slow, the topspin makes it hard to return effectively. This lesson presents 3 options of how to counter such a ball.
these vedios are nice but most of the vedios are premium
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Great video PingSkills.
terrific, three lessons in one video, nice !
Great! I am now better than before :) thank you very much, PingSkills! :)
Thanks Jimmy and Petr. Glad to know it helps.
Thanks Alois, very helpful.
Hi Manfred, have you been able to make the stroke effectively?
it works occasionally but for me the difficulty is to keep my arm and wrist soft and relaxed. That seems to be a lifetime challenge. Furthermore I still fight with gravity, a little overweight and the tricks of physics ;-) So keep up your inspiring lessons I might succeed some day.
Keeping relaxed is a problem for many. Keep working on it by keeping focus on it during your strokes.
Don't worry... gravity is over rated.
premium ok but in french the translate is not very correct it's better in english but hard fot me to understand
Thanks for that feedback Martinand. We use Google Translate only.
The second option, punching the ball is similar to smash isn't it?
Not really. It is a firm block.
Very good video. I had many problems to counter such topspins, but now I can counter them easily. I find the soft block useful for me. Thanks for the great video.
This may not be the most appropriate place to post this question, but I couldn't find any other video better related. Feel free to move it where it would belong.
The question is: when you're the attacker, you have made the slow spinny topspin, it turned out to be a little too high and/or too short, and your opponent punchblocks it back at you, preferably in your crossover area. How do you deal with this fast flat and heavy ball while you're just recovering from your rather large topspin movement? Blocking mostly ends up in the net, as there is little to no topspin on the ball, and other responses seem to require more time than available.
Thanks for your advice.
This can be a tricky situation.
First focus on being balanced through the first slow skinny topspin. This will help with recovery. Then on the next ball make a short topspin action. So it is about as big as a block but instead of coming through flat, have a short lifting action to get the ball up. The ball will feel heavy because they have put some speed on it so the short lifting action will help.
Will try this. Thanks.
Alois, I've noticed that recently the videos available in this section come with subtitles in my own language. While this may help you to get more audience in a foreign country, I must warn you that the translation is rather laughable (it's either made by someone who is not familiar with table tennis or some authomatic translators) and this doesn't look very professional to me. Hope this is an useful warning for you guys.
Yes, thank you for your feedback. We tried Google translate to do some translations and we have received that feedback. I guess we should almost take them down as they are pretty bad.
My favourite blooper in terms of the poor auto-translate into French was the word "Bat", which got translated by... well "Bat", but not like the racquet... like the animal ! :o)))) This gives sentences like "Hit the ball hard and fast with an open bat" a rather surreal flavour...
Very useful, I wil get into some practice routines to hone these techniques.
Let us know how you get on Steve. They are useful skills in a match situation.
Alois, you mentioned that you should keep you hand and wrist nice and soft (1:30) to act like a cushion for the spin and speed on the ball. Since the grip is lose, should you feel the bat/paddle wiggle slightly in your hand?
I am not sure if it is a wiggle but yes it should be really relaxed in your hand. It needs to remain in contact with your hand though.
I like the video Alois, I was hoping you could share some tips on how to approach the slow skinny top spin with equal sidespin component. i frequently miss the ball because of he sidespin, but if I wait for the sidespin to "unravel" the ball drops so low I really can't do much but make a pretty lame return over the net. This type of slow top side spin is now used a lot by players who are good at playing balls from below the table, and it really throws me off quite often
I think if you can take the ball early before it has had too much time to curve it would be best. Also make sure your contact on the ball is fast and brushing to get the ball spinning in the direction you want it to. If you brush the ball slowly the sidespin will take effect.
Let me know how that goes.