Dropshot off High chop

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

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D K Asked 3 years ago

Greetings Team,
I hope you are living well in the current situation.
Here, basically all options to somehow MOVE have been cut.
All sport centres are closed and the weather is so nasty that even running is not possible.
I cannot even move too much at home because I share room with my sister and there is simply not enough room.

After longer time I would like to ask about something.
I have already realised that I am able to perform dropshots even from quite good lobs.
I have taken my control to really another level compared to my past.
Though, I do not have too much skill with performing dropshots off chops.
One aspect is that I have played a "real" chopper only twice.
In the first case there was no point doing dropshots because the hall was very short and the player was tall, so dropshot would have had no effect.
In the second case a player who normally chops everything he can (literally as he used to work as woodcutter and he also has some sword fighting skills) kept hitting with his longpips so I was able to get into a loop-chop rally about 3-4 times in the entire match (and I won all of these rallies).
(yes I am not very willing to play a push war with someone who has a bad block)

Otherwise, I only played with choppers who were not able to withstand my loops. Either they were overally too weak or they only had bad chops.
But when I encounter such a player, I usually do one slow spinny loop, the player chops - yes, there is spin but the ball is often high and short. I find these balls quite problematic since they are too short for me to perform another spinny loop but they are also troublesome to bomb away since I cannot swing directly down and the forward movement is too difficult for me. I intended to do a dropshot off such a ball but for dropshot off CHOP the bat should be inserted UNDER the ball. But the ball rams into the table with great force due to falling from great height and when I put the bat under it, it results with a very high dropshot return. But when I put the bat above the ball and touch it from above it goes down of course.
I am not sure how to solve the situation without ramming the ball.



Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 3 years ago

Hi Dan,

This can be tricky to perform but the key is to get the ball early off the table and have a soft hand to execute the drop shot.

The other option is to still smash the ball because the ball is going to bounce high enough after it comes in from higher.

I suppose you have already seen the tutorial on the Drop Shot off a Chop which may help a bit as well. The same principles apply but just is a bit more difficult because it is coming from a higher trajectory.


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D K Posted 3 years ago

Yea,of course I have seen your tutorial,but I do not know how to deal with the fact that I have to touch the bottom of a ball which has great upward momentum

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 3 years ago

You can also think about touching the side of the ball to keep it short.  Push your bat forward a bit as well.  We cover the question in the Ask the Coach Podcast today.  It will be related shortly.


D K Posted 3 years ago


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