Topspinning against heavy backspin

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

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Johan B

Johan B Asked 6 years ago

Am I the only one who thinks it's easier to topspin against a heavy chop straight off the bounce? I think it might be because it's easier to time (the ball hasn't slowed down so much) and because I convert the upwards energy into speed


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Johan,

You must have a good feel for this shot.  Some players feel this is easier and others find waiting gives them more time to see the ball and play their shot.

I often used to find that on the forehand I liked to wait but on the backhand I played the shot better straight off the bounce.

I wonder what other players feel.


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Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Interesting. I used to find it easier to topspin a heavy backspin after waiting a bit longer for the ball, probably around the peak of it's bounce.


Ilia Minkin

Ilia Minkin Posted 6 years ago

And I like to wait until the ball starts to drop so I can really spin it up.


Johan B

Johan B Posted 5 years ago

Last time I played against him I generally did it around the peak. I guess I've just improved my shot enough not to be as bothered by his backspin... I also used more backhand topspins now.


Barry Cornforth

Barry Cornforth Posted 5 years ago

Hi,i have trouble with a deep fast spin serve to my forehand corner every time i try to play a forehand topspin return it goes long long,is it my body position or my technech.


Ilia Minkin

Ilia Minkin Posted 5 years ago

If one takes the ball at the peak, is it possible generate the same spin as when waiting for it drop a little and spinning it up? With the racket speed being the same.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

When the ball is dropping it is easier to generate the topspin because the ball is moving in the opposite direction to the bat.



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