Fast topspin vs spinny slow topspin

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 4 years ago

Aaron Lin

Aaron Lin Asked 4 years ago

Hi pingskills, i watched your video about the forehand topspin variations and i learn a lot from u.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30zKrRSY0PE

But at the end you say "sometimes hitting the ball slower with more spin is more effective that hitting it as fast as you can".

Why is this? Wouldn't the fast ball with more power and speed (and still has some topspin) be better almost always? What advantage does heavy topspin have? Does the spinny ball make the opponent have higher chance of error?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 4 years ago

Hi Aaron,

It is the variations that is the key.

If you always play slow then it is not effective as the opponent has more time to deal with the ball.  However, if you combine the faster ball with some slower balls then the slower ball becomes very effective.  More effective than hitting the 3rd or 4th ball with the same fast speed.

It is something that isn't used enough in a game.


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Benzene Chiral

Benzene Chiral Posted 4 years ago

I agree! I experiment on my friend, he has little problems returning many of my fast shots as I used them too often. Just now, I switched to becoming a chopper and slowed down the game, he couldn't return most of the balls. You'll be surprised some are indeed weaker against slower balls.



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