Third Ball strategy

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 10 years ago

Francisco Cespedes Grau

Francisco Cespedes Grau Asked 10 years ago

Hey Alois and Jeff, this is my doubt this time.

What do you recommend me, Should I try to train harder and fasters third ball attacks? or my tactic should do a more slow but very spinny third ball attack waiting for the faster five ball attack?, this assuming the opponent did a decent push which has a bit of backspin and it's not high, otherwise I would attack it harder


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi Francisco,

This depends on your opponent.  Some player prefer the ball coming faster and some prefer it coming slower.  You need to work out for each opponent what is best. 

At the start of a match you can experiment with different speeds and see what works.

Don't forget though that a player's likes may alter in a pressure situation.  For example in the early part of a match they may be comfortable to play against a slow topspin but in a pressure situation, they may tighten up and find the slower ball more difficult when they have to make the speed. 


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Francisco Cespedes Grau

Francisco Cespedes Grau Posted 10 years ago

Ok, thanks for your advice, but, isn't too much risky playing fast topspins against backspin balls?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 years ago

No, you can play fast balls against backspin if you have the correct technique.

Francisco Cespedes Grau

Francisco Cespedes Grau Posted 10 years ago

Ok, thank you too much!, I will try this variation today, I think my biggest problem is the timing, I always hit the ball too early.

 The slower topspin I need to let it drop and the swing is more vertical, and the fast at the top of the bounce and more horizontal stroke, am I correct?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 years ago

That sounds like a good start.  Let me know how it goes.


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