Smash/Topspin High Chopped Ball

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 8 years ago

John Paul

John Paul Asked 10 years ago

Hi,

I would like to know how to smash a high chopped ball. Also, I would like to know if the technique to do so will be different if the chopped ball comes from a hardbat with pimple rubber (no sponge). The ball looks easy to smash however it goes to the net when smashing it. I would appreciate your fast response.

 Thanks,


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi John,

Smashing a high ball that has backspin is a little dangerous and can be difficult.  It depends a lot on the actual height.  If it is above shoulder height then it is definitely smashable.  You do need to allow for the backspin by opening the angle of your blade. 

If the ball is a little lower it is probably best to topspin the ball.  You can still make a fast topspin that will win you the point.

Off the hard bat it will come through very flat so you will need to lift the ball a little more.  Probably better to make a topspin in most cases. 


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Daumisx Krugliakovas

Daumisx Krugliakovas Posted 10 years ago

So basicly what move should I do is this:

 make a topspin and lift it up(lifting up topspin)? or just a normal topspin?

 actualy I don't how the back spin works when you chop or topspin :) could somone explain me abit how it works?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 years ago

You need to lift the topspin a bit more because of the backspin.
 
The backspin will drag the ball done into the net so you need to lift the ball more to get it over the net. 


Daumisx Krugliakovas

Daumisx Krugliakovas Posted 10 years ago

How strong should be lifting topspin? i mean the collision with rubbers should it be hard or soft? (hard like from top to bottom of racket) and (soft from middle or just small) it depends on height and how strong the backspin is right?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 years ago

It depends on the amount of backspin.  If there is more backspin then you need to have a faster racket head speed to lift the ball and create more topspin on the ball.

Dan Shoop

Dan Shoop Posted 8 years ago

when you said open your bat you seemed to indicate that the bat was open past the vertical (which I cant get my head around) but the shot you seemed to play had the bat almost vertical - unfortunately you didnt show a sideways view of the shot where we could see the angle of the bat


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Hi Dan,

Yes the bat should be close to vertical to allow for the spin.  How open will depend on the amount of backspin on the ball.  The backspin will drag the ball downwards onto the table.



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