What's the best way to attack high, short balls

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 8 years ago

Steve Ezzo

Steve Ezzo Asked 8 years ago

Hi Alois & Jeff, 

I play long pips on my backhand and I often get high, short balls returned to me off my pips. For a pips player, these are golden opportunities to finish the point, but I struggle with this shot. I usually miss long, but then I over correct and dump the ball into the net.  These ball are too short to loop, whats the correct play?

Thanks,

Steve Ezzo


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Steve,

If they are high try to get around on your forehand and attack the ball.  You can topspin it if it is high enough, even if it is a bit shorter.  Move close to the table and get over the ball.  Often the error comes if you are not in a good position to play the ball and mod to fate time players get themselves too far from the table and the ball drops short on them.

We have a couple of Ask the oath video response for our Premium members on Smash/Topspin High Chopped Ball and High backspin close to net.


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Ayesha Noon

Ayesha Noon Posted 8 years ago

Can I flick the the ball if it is high and short, but not high enough to smash?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Yes that is a good option or you could use a topspin.


Ayesha Noon

Ayesha Noon Posted 8 years ago

Ok, thanks.


Ayesha Noon

Ayesha Noon Posted 8 years ago

And can you teach me how to do a counterspin? I don't know how to do it, so can you tell me, or even make a video on it?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago


Ayesha Noon

Ayesha Noon Posted 8 years ago

Thanks. I thought a counterspin was something different.



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