How to play high balls in a small enclosed space

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 6 months ago

Abbas Syed

Abbas Syed Asked 6 months ago

Hi, in my work-place I am playing against the player who returns high balls which get to my shoulder/chest height on my backhand and forehand regularly. Usually, when I have space, I take a step back and I'm able to smash the ball with good consistency. However, since space is an issue here, I am having trouble figuring out a consistent method to return.

I am 5'5" and I end up jumping to try to mitigate the height, which is both tiring and results are inconsistent. I have thought about taking a step forward and contacting the ball on the rise, but I'm not sure if that is the best option.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 months ago

Hi Abbas,

I think stepping forward might be the best option given the restrictions.

Jumping would be another option but it does take a bit of practice and coordination to get that right.

Also remember that you don't have to hit a winner just because the ball is higher.  Just play the most effective shot that you can.

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Abbas Syed

Abbas Syed Posted 6 months ago

Hi Alois, thanks for the response. I only regret not visiting the site sooner (as a logged-in user) as I didn't get the email notification of your response, I guess I needed to click on "Notify me of updates" button.

I've ended up switching between the 3 options, in an attempt to keep my opponent on his toes. Mostly, by simply returning the ball at an easier spot, but also keeping my options by occasionally taking a sudden step forward and meeting the ball early with a short counter (which has proven to be quiet successful) and at other times jumping to smash (which still isn't consistent). This also helped my game somewhat in a larger area, now that I have more options.

Once again thanks a lot!

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 months ago

Glad the site is helping you Abbas. Good to hear you are coping with that high ball better. Stay in touch. 

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