Tactics on playing an opponent in a wheelchair

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 7 months ago

Alena  Fallon

Alena Fallon Asked 7 months ago

Hi Alois. 

What are some of the tactics to use against a wheelchair opponent serve, ball placement and coping with the fast ball return.

Thanks for your help 

Cheers Alena 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 months ago

Hi Alena, 

The first thing to note is that you are not allowed to serve wider than the side lines of the table.  After that you can place the ball wherever you like.  Try to serve fast and to the corners of the table.  The other area is in their crossover point which for a wheelchair player tends to be more towards their forehand side.  Players in a wheelchair tend to be able to cover the middle of the table well with their backhand however more towards their forehand side it can be awkward.  IN the rally try to play the ball wider which is difficult to reach.

As they take the ball early off the table in general you need to be prepared for that early trajectory of the ball.

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Jasper Low

Jasper Low Posted 7 months ago

That makes me wonder, What can tactics do wheelchair players have against able bodied players? 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 months ago

The main thing is to stop them getting angles by keeping the ball deep on the table.

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