Open-up shot is being countered

Table Tennis Match Strategy

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Dariusz Rypień

Dariusz Rypień Asked 3 weeks ago

Hello guys,

So normally my open-ups of a backspin ball are quite spinny and people make a lot of mistakes while trying to counter them (it usually either goes into the net or flies away from the table) . But sometimes they manage to counter it or punch it into place which is uncomfortable for me. What should I do in such situation? Or maybe is there a way to make such an open-up that will be very hard to counter?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 2 weeks ago

Hi Dariusz,

It sounds like your open up is quite effective already.  If they are making some of the counters you need to accept the percentages.  If you are winning a majority of the points that way then you are doing well.

If however, they are winning most of the points when you open, start to think about how you can add variations of spin, speed and placement to make the counter more difficult for your opponent. Think about which side they prefer and also the speed they prefer.  In a lot of cases slower may be better.  With the spin if you can vary the spin from heavy to less spin again it makes them have to adjust to the changes.

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