FH and BH tips before a Competition

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 8 years ago

Kaustubh Kulkarni

Kaustubh Kulkarni Asked 8 years ago

Dear Alois,

I have a district level tournament coming soon in like 7-8 days,lets catch it as a week.
I have a bug in my game which is itching me.

During my training hours I learnt how to pull off a backhand topspin against backspin.  Now the problem with this stroke of mine is that I find it difficult to pull off a fast backhand topspin shot.  What I do during games is I hit a slow,spinny topspin down the line or in the middle and pivot to be ready for the forehand kill.

I would have to admit that I have a stronger,offensive forehand which can really destroy a loose backspin or a defensive counterhit.

I request you to help me with my game as to how i use my strokes in the big tournament.
I have won a few of my junior tournaments even when i hadnt developed the backhand topspin as my forehand pivot was too hot to handle.  My backhand mostly consisted and still consists of a good push, chop and blocking ability.  I can use my backhand for a topspin nowadays but i think its not properly developed.

Please help me as to how with these set of skills i can make a difference at the tournament.

Thank You Alois and Jeff for igniting a whole new fire in table tennis learners' hearts to really master the game.

Respect !


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Kaustubh,

I think you can now start to use the backhand topspin in some situations where they are pushing long to your backhand.  However, still remember that the way you win a lot of points is with your forehand attack.  So base your game around trying to get as many forehand attacks as you can.

The advantage of now having a backhand topspin is to be able to topspin the pushes deep on your backhand side which will allow you to stay on the offensive and then bring your forehand into play.

I think a common error players make is that because they have a new shot they use it too much and forget about what really wins them points.


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Kaustubh Kulkarni

Kaustubh Kulkarni Posted 8 years ago

Thanks for answering.
Will it be fine if I position myself well into my backhand side for optimum use of forehand and occasional use of BH for topspin,push and block ?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

This is OK as long as you have good enough footwork to cover the wide forehand if they put the ball there.


Kaustubh Kulkarni

Kaustubh Kulkarni Posted 8 years ago

Okay,Just one more query.
In which manner should I serve so that it gives me a fair idea of where my opponent is going to put the ball?
I am asking this because I'm always hungry for that 3rd ball attack
Thanks :)


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

This is something that you will develop over time... the understanding of what happens on the return.

In general think that they will often return cross court.  If you serve fast and wide it will often come back cross.  Of course this always depends on the quality of your opponent.


Kaustubh Kulkarni

Kaustubh Kulkarni Posted 8 years ago

Thanks a Lot Alois.Your tips have been invaluable :') !



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