Attacking return

Table Tennis Service Return

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Grenville Pereira

Grenville Pereira Asked 9 years ago

HI Alois / Jeff 

I found that when I have decided to attack a serve , I am able now to do a back hand topspin now reasonably well on a long chop serve however when the opponent sees this and  he shortens his chop serve and as a result my return goes  into the net.

So please can you let me know how does one decide when to push or still continue with an attacking returns.

When does one decide to push or flick.  Is the backhand side spin flick helpful in maintaing the continuation of attacks even if the opponent shortens his serve. 

Thanks

Regards

Grenville


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Grenville,

Good to hear the backhand topspin return is coming along well.

In general if the ball is going to bounce twice on the table then you can put away the topspin return and use the push or flick.

However, with the sidespin flick, you can attempt to attack the shorter ball as well.  This is a difficult stroke to master.  Have you tried it?  If so, what was your success like?


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Grenville Pereira

Grenville Pereira Posted 9 years ago

Hi Alois

     Thanks , yes I did try to attack using the backhand side spin flick but I am not consistent with the results at the moment. Either the ball goes into the net or I used too much of a curve and the ball flies off the table. I need to practice this stroke and also realize that knowing this stroke properly will add  to my attacking arsenal because currently I only tend to push the short ball short at any point in the rally.

Regards

Grenville


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Hi Grenville,

It is worth persevering with the sidespin flick.  However, if you make your short push really good, then you can play at a high standard just with that option.


bertus bertus

bertus bertus Posted 9 years ago

I think it's worth it to put a lot of time in this stroke. If you master the stroke you can put the opponent under pressure straight away. And it forces the opponent to serve very short/low with a lot of underspin wich could lead to easy points for you if he faults the serve.


Justin O'Toole

Justin O'Toole Posted 9 years ago

Practice makes perfect. Attacking serves is very important as it can win you the point outright or set up your point. If the serve is long with topspin -backspin you can attack it. But you must really attack it don't think about it just hit it. Don't hesitate or think what happens if I miss let your fear go just attack it whether it goes in or not. This takes the fear out of play don't think about missing it just think winner.

Also if the long serve sits up you can loop-topspin it slow hard medium. Just remember with all these shots you have to get your feet right up to the table just step in and go bang. Good footwork enables you to attack the ball better. With the short spiny serves serves just place them back or if you want to attack just flick the ball with spin-no spin-angles or what ever you want.

Bertus Bertus is absolutely correct it is worth putting a lot of time into this stroke. Bertus's reasons are spot on!! What do you think about our comments Alois you are the Guru-professional.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Bertus, you are right, it is worth putting time into it.  The more you practice this the better... same as with anything.



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