What is a Chop?

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 11 years ago

Rahul Ramesh

Rahul Ramesh Asked 11 years ago

Hi Jeff,

Is the chop used for topspin or smash or for anything?


Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb Answered 11 years ago

Hi Rahul,

The chop is a stroke that produces backspin. It is a defensive shot that is usually played against your opponents topspin attack.

The push is a similar stroke but the push is played when you opponent also plays a backspin stroke.


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