Lobbing very high

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 8 years ago

Rob Janssen

Rob Janssen Asked 8 years ago

Hi coach,

I watched the Swedish open a couple of weeks ago and I saw some matches of xu xin, and every time when he was forced away from the table he was lobbing the ball so high that it was very difficult for the opponent to smash the ball powerfully. And when he was doing that he was waiting for the right ball to attack back and get into the rally. I would like to add this into my play because it is really fun to do. 


How can I practice these very high lobs, I noticed that Samsonov is also very good at this. I want to know how to master this skill.

I'm already able to lob the ball just back to the table which is much easier but its also easier for the opponent to attack the ball better. but when i try to lob the ball very high then the ball goes just off the table or it goes off the side or it bounces in my half of the table. How can I improve my accuracy on these high lobs?

Thanks a lot

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Rob,

I think the best thing would be to take a look at the lesson on the Lob.  This will show the technique that you need to use.

One critical factor with being able to lob successfully is to get the ball deep on the table and with as much topspin as you can.  This will force the smasher to move away from the table.

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Rob Janssen

Rob Janssen Posted 8 years ago

thank you alois but Im already able to lob the ball deep with topspin. dont get me wrong I apreciate your tips but I want to be able to lob the ball higher like xu xin did at the swedish open for example this one;

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLSdOUwzgeQ at 1:54 when xu xin is lobbing the ball straight up 30 meters and making it very difficult for fan to play a powerfull smash and at the same time waiting for that ball to attack back. Got to love that rally haha.

I was thinking when practicing this to start low and try to get higher with every lob. Just being able to keep the ball on the table and once I can do that I can work on placement.

Thanks alot,


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Hi Rob,

Sorry.  Yes to get the ball high you can just start lower to get the feel of it. In practice though, just hit the ball up as high as you can and see where it goes.  You will start to get a feel for the table.

You will find that in a big hall the ball will move around a bit when it goes up that high as well.

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