What is the throw angle

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Manfred Rolfsmeier

Manfred Rolfsmeier Asked 5 years ago

After some backhand topspins into the net my training-partner recently mentioned that my rubber seems to have a low throw angle. Now I´m wondering whether something's wrong with my equipment. Could you please explain what the throw-angle is and what impact it has? Thanks

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 years ago

Hi Manfred,

The throw angle is how much angle the ball will lift or spin off your racket.  A low throw angle means the ball will tend to come straight out rather than lifting up when you do a topspin stroke for example.

There is nothing wrong with that, it is just a preference that some players have.

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Manfred Rolfsmeier

Manfred Rolfsmeier Posted 5 years ago

Thanks Alois - one more question:

Do it understand it right that with a low throw angle the ball doen´t curve that much? I have the feeling that with this flatter curve it´s easier to block and counter but harder to play topspins - at least for me.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

Yes that is correct Manfred.


D K Posted 5 years ago

So the throw angle is the angle of the bounce of the ball off the bat while playing a loop?


I would say I like a very low throw,as my blade is said to have a very low throw and I really love playing the ball extremely low,extremely slow and extremely spinny.

Jean Balthazar

Jean Balthazar Posted 5 years ago

If you play the exact same stroke against the exact same incoming ball, a racket whit a high throw will propell the ball higher than a racket with a low throw. You can use both for any type of play if you adjust your strockes accordingly, but in general, a blocker will prefer a low throw setup, and a top spin attacker will prefer a high throw setup.

I never believed too much in this "throw angle" thing, until I switched from a Xiom Vega Pro rubber on a Butterfly Maze T-tec all+ blade to the exact same rubber on a Dr Neubauer Bulldog blade. All my forhand topspins landed in the net with the secon setup. I could adjust a bit, but not enough, and even hurt myself trying to put more speed in my stroke to compensate. So I switched back to the previous blade and everything came back to normal. Conversely, the second sertup was much easier for blocking, but not enough to compenseate the topspin degradation (it was much less fun playing, too). I'm not saying that you need to test a hundred blades and rubbers until you find something that suits your strokes exactly as they are. You can adjust. But if you're mostly blocking, or mostly topspinning, it's worth seecking information about the throw angle of the equipment you want to buy to not end up with something that favoures an opposite style. Like you wouldn't normally buy an OFF++ racket if you're mainly defending, or a very slow blade with long pimples if you're mostly attacking.

Mike Deubig

Mike Deubig Posted 5 years ago

I play with two blades which are two different "throw angles". One is low and the other is medium to medium-high. There are three noticeable differences for my style of play. One is the distance from the table. My blade with the low throw is not that easy to topspin away from the table. The other blade which has the higher throw is easier. The other noticeable difference is the fact that you need a better technique with the low throw. The third difference is power, the one with the higher throw has less power than the one with the lower throw. I like playing with both. If I play doubles, for example, I normally don't play as close to the table as I do in singles so I use my blade with the higher throw. Whatever you feel comfortable with, go with that! :) 


D K Posted 5 years ago

Being a chopper,keeping the ball low and spinny is far more important to me than having a powerful bomb.



D K Posted 5 years ago

So I  am happy with my low-throw blade.
I do not know the throw of my rubbers though.

Imre Gorog

Imre Gorog Posted 5 years ago

The  rubber specifikation   (see tabletennisdb.com)  contain   the  throw angle  but  not the

blade specifikation  ! How   can you  decide  about  this  feature at  the  blades  ???

From  hearsay  rumour  or   from  common  gossip  that  comes  from the  players  ??

Ha ha ....

Common gossip is not evidence !

You can not  buy all  the blades  testing  them .

And  what is  more important  :  THE BLADE WITH THE RUBBER  is  a complete system to decide

about  your  equipment's  throw angle .

The question once  more : what about  the  blade's  throw angle  ??

It  would be exist  a  measure  method  to  determine it .


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

Hi Imre,

It is always difficult to choose equipment that is why we don't spend too much time on it.

The rubber is the most important part of the throw angle.  With a slower blade the throw angle will tend to be higher because it is coming out of the rubber slower.

Imre Gorog

Imre Gorog Posted 5 years ago

Dear  Alois  !

Thanks  for  your  quick answer  !

It  is  logical   what  you wrote to  me .

With a slower blade the throw angle will tend to be higher because it is coming out of the rubber slower.

I  have   two blades a  Photino  



and   a  

Tibhar H-3-9 ( but mine is a sample modell with short run :    with carbon layer  )

not  this : http://www.tabletennisdb.com/blade/tibhar-h-3-9.html (it is  without  carbon ! )

I'd like  to  change my  rubbers  because  the  average touches at a  point  became very few ( ca. 4 !!)

Rallies  happen not  often .  The importance  of who is  better "over the  table" that is : in short game  

became immense ! The  rubbers  are  ok  if  you  win the  point   with your  serve  or  with your  first touch 

or  with 3 or  4 ball  attack  .  When you  land  in a  rally   too  often  you  do  something  not  perfect   .

Thats  the  why  I  want  rubbers  for  short game  .

Rubbers  with  low throw angel   can partly  solve  this  problem : 

Tenergy 25   and   Andro  Rasant grip   are  suitable  rubbers  near to  the  table .

And the  tacky rubbers  are  not  bad  as  well !

I  found  a  not  too  hard  but hard enough(for an europian player) and   tacky DHS  rubber  :

/throw angle : is not too high /

DHS NEO Skyline 2 TG2




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