The Volley - Is it useful

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 3 years ago

Darren Hagarty

Darren Hagarty Asked 3 years ago

Hi Alois,

I have started using a shot I call the volley recently.

Just like a volley in Tennis.

You play it early after the ball bounces and it’s basically a block.

The benefit I see is it returns the ball quickly and may catch an opponent off guard.

I play it with a loose grip.

Do you have any thoughts on this one, I haven’t seen any videos on it.


Darren Hagarty

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 3 years ago

Hi Darren,

We call this the Half volley in Table Tennis.  It is a difficult stroke but can be really effective.  The player I think of when I think of this stroke is Erik Lindh from Sweden who used to take the ball really early on both sides.

We cover the stroke briefly in our tutorial on how to Counter A Spinny Topspin.

Might be a good one for a tutorial.

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