What to do with a high backspin ball

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 1 year ago

Manfred Rolfsmeier

Manfred Rolfsmeier Asked 1 year ago

Hi Alois,

I have a recurring problem with my forehand. My opponents often misread my service and in return I get a high ball with more or less backspin at the middle of the table. When I attack I often topspin or smash it straight into the net. I still haven´t found a solution so I´d be grateful for an advice.



Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 year ago

Hi Manfred,

This can often be a tricky ball and one that a lot o players get frustrated with.  It looks like an easy ball because of its height but the spin can be deceptive and the height can be awkward.

The main thing is to make sure you are still putting a bit of topspin on your shot to counteract the spin on the ball.  If you hit the ball flat you can often drag the ball into the net.

The other thing is to make sure you get closer tot he bounce of the ball.  Because the ball has backspin it will drop a little shorter and therefore you can get caught out of position.  This will also mean a further drag into the net.

Treat the ball with respect even though it is higher and play it safely if you need to.  You don't need to hit it extremely fast just because it is high.  You can place the ball well or just topspin the ball into play and keep your opponent on the defensive and then think about playing the next shot faster.

We do have a tutorial in this for our Premium members... Playing Against a High Backspin Ball.


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