Playing when the ball is on elbow

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 3 years ago

Ryan Bhattacharya

Ryan Bhattacharya Asked 3 years ago

How to play against a fast backspin, similar to Chop Smash, comes at your elbow? I have been a lot of point as it cannot be pushed neither can be looped. Any solution?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 3 years ago

Hi Ryan,

That can be an awkward ball to deal with.

I think the best solution is either to push the ball back or play a short topspin.  If you are going to push the ball you need to adjust your hand to the speed and spin on the ball.  It doesn't have to be a strong shot but just at least making them play another ball.

If you try to topspin, you will need a very small and fast upward action to lift the ball over the net.  Since you don't have much space or time the vertical lifting action will get the ball over the net.  It can be a really effective shot if you can execute it well.

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