Drive against backspin and topspin

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 10 years ago

trilochan singh

trilochan singh Asked 10 years ago

Hi Coach,

I want to ask how to play drive against backspin and topspin. I know at higher level topspin shot is required but i want to take lesson from you guys regarding drive against backspin/topspin.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi Trilochan,

To make a drive against a topspin stroke is not too difficult but a bit more risky than playing a topspin.  A drive or a topspin are just extensions of each other.  The topspin is an extended drive, just brushing over the ball a bit more to generate the topspin.

It is more difficult to drive the backspin ball. You need to open the face of your bat to counter the backspin.  It is a risky stroke and one that you will need a lot of practice with as there is very little margin for error on it.  It is a matter of getting th angles exactly right to get the ball on the table. 

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