3rd Ball strategy

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 9 years ago

Grenville Pereira

Grenville Pereira Asked 10 years ago

Hi Alois and Jeff

I mostly use the pendulum serve and variations of this serve in terms of spin and speed and I am always on the look out for the chance to make the third ball attack.

However I notice many a time, that when my opponent gets deceived by the serve, the ball spins back in my direction making it difficult for me to make the attack as I am forced to bend backwards to make the loop shot.

Is there any particular type of serve you recommend i.e if one is to make the 3rd ball attack with ease.
Or it is that in my case I should anticipate the return and move accordingly.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi Grenville,

If you are using the sidespin Pendulum serve the ball should bounce a little away from you when it bounces on your side.  Are you serving it wide and they are cramping you in towards your body?  If that is the case then maybe you can serve more towards the middle of the table or even down the line to their backhand so that they are more likely to push the ball out to your forehand side.

Try this out and let me know if I am on the right track. 

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Grenville Pereira

Grenville Pereira Posted 10 years ago

Hi Alois

  Thanks for the advice. On serving more towards the middle,  the ball tends to get returned more straight or even if served slighly towards their back hand , the opponents tend more to return it to my forehand side.

  I noticed , the pendulum serve with heavy side spin served away from the opponents forehand has the effect of coming back towards  me.

 The only issue I have is that when I put a lot of backspin on the ball and the ball comes back with backspin as well

then cancelling out that spin with my 3rd ball attack is not very consistent at the moment which I am working on right now.




Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 years ago

That is great Grenville.  Just keep working on lifting the backspin balls.

Dang Toi

Dang Toi Posted 9 years ago

I'll try this strategy and see what happen with my opponents:)

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Good, let us know how it goes.

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