Wobbly Shot in Table Tennis

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 8 years ago

Ivelin neo97

Ivelin neo97 Asked 10 years ago

Hi guys! You're so cool. I enjoy your videos every day. But today i want to ask you something. When i'm lobbing and i'm away from the table it's hard for me to deal with a short ball. Most of the times i'm dealing with getting to the ball as fast as i can but i don't know what kind of contact i have to do when i reach it. If i only little push the ball forward, the opponent will "kill" me with his shot cuz i'm near the table. I saw Jun Mizutani and Xu Xin doing some kind of tricky shot, to create a lot of side spin, to confuse the opponent and to buy themselves some time to get away from the table. it would be very nice if you guys can help me with that and also i think that isn't only my problem. :)

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Ivelin,

That shot is a good one to do when you are caught in the situation when you are forced close to the table.  All they are doing is putting sidespin on the lob.  So instead of just putting the lob up with some topspin, you brush across the ball to get some sidespin.

They may also do some fake movements to make it harder for the opponent to tell what kind of spin is on the ball.

We used to call it a Wobbly or a Wiggly.

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Ji-Soo Woo

Ji-Soo Woo Posted 10 years ago

It's also easier to fool the opponent because if you contact the ball close to the floor they often can't see the point of contact because the table is on the way. 

Ivelin neo97

Ivelin neo97 Posted 10 years ago

Thank you all, u're awesome :))

Aasim Showkat

Aasim Showkat Posted 9 years ago

I was about to ask this question

Levent Ucer

Levent Ucer Posted 9 years ago


AK 47

AK 47 Posted 9 years ago

That is MAGIC !!!!  Thank you very much!

Orr Margalit

Orr Margalit Posted 9 years ago

very good tip but can you put backspin and the ball wull come back

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

You can put backspin as well.  the only problem with backspin is that it brings the ball closer to the net and easier to smash but if they don't pick the spin then it could be useful.

Federick Yam

Federick Yam Posted 9 years ago

grerat trick. thank you.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Have you tried it out Federick?  If you do let me know how you go with it.

Nabil Almahrami

Nabil Almahrami Posted 9 years ago

This is really good trick. In fact it is inspirational.. One can do other tricks in that situations !. I really like it

sri-lal surana

sri-lal surana Posted 9 years ago

Great trick...

Sohan Punnoose

Sohan Punnoose Posted 9 years ago

We have to be fast , right ? What happens when we cant spin?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Then just try to keep the ball low over the net and as deep as possible on the table.

Ron Mangalindan

Ron Mangalindan Posted 9 years ago

Hi Alois, 

I am now practicing a new serve, the one the call "corkscrew serve" or other term. When i search the web, I see different things. And As you remember from my past questions, I am a leftie, so It would really help if you show me how to do it and how to put different spins on it since I will be competing soon on a local competion here. Thanks! 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Hi Ron,

The Corkscrew is just a very slow spinning sidespin serve where the ball spins on its horizontal axis rather than its vertical axis.  Will try to get to doing something about it.

gabe yap

gabe yap Posted 9 years ago

pretty helpful


elvin tee

elvin tee Posted 9 years ago

Nice, but how to return that ball?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Watch it and see which way it is going to move and then make a topspin or smash.

Jon Ferguson

Jon Ferguson Posted 8 years ago

I've seen Waldner do this shot a number of times (YouTube).

He also does a variation where he chops the ball under the table, and the back spin makes the ball bounce back over the net towards him. Impossible to return!

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Ah yes… the Master.

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