Dealing with short return

Table Tennis Match Strategy

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patrick del pilar

patrick del pilar Asked 11 years ago

Hi I'm Patrick. How about if you serve then he return a short shot? What am I going to do? Spin? Or return a long shot? Thanks.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 11 years ago

Hi Patrick,

If they return it short the best thing is to return it short back to them.  Then wait for them to hit it long so that you can attack.

If you do play that ball long it needs to be really deep and quite fast so that they don't get an easy opportunity to make an attack.

The other option is to make a Forehand Flick stroke.  This is an attacking stroke that you can play if the ball is short but a little higher.

Each time you need to weigh up your options and see which one is best in that situation.

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Tomas Mac Donncha

Tomas Mac Donncha Posted 10 years ago

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Enzo D\'Amuri

Enzo D\'Amuri Posted 10 years ago


Ujjal Chatterjee

Ujjal Chatterjee Posted 10 years ago

Dear Alois & Jeff

Once more great tips on short return from the opponent from a short service.

Thanks & regards.


Jon Ferguson

Jon Ferguson Posted 10 years ago

I guess an attacking player would favour the flick (or "flip"), and a more defensive player would tend to play a push, either (very) short, or a more aggressive long push out to the sides, or perhaps into the body, depending on your opponent's weak areas.

A tactic I use, as a more defensive player generally, is to now and then play an attacking shot to surprise the opponent and keep him guessing. In this case I would play a flick, whereas I would play a push normally.

It also depends on how high the ball is, and how the game is going points- wise. (the flick is generally a higher risk shot)

Hope this helps,


Johanna van Roekel

Johanna van Roekel Posted 8 years ago

Thank You guys for this video. It is really simple and useful.

Greetings from the Netherlands!

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Thanks Johanna.  So far away and yet so close.

Matthew Rogers

Matthew Rogers Posted 8 years ago

Great tips, as always. Keep it up guys

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Thanks Matthew.

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