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From Flat Hit To Topspin | Table Tennis | PingSkills

October 5, 2019

Hi, I’m Alois Rosario from PingSkills. Behruz
has asked us about how he’s going to change his mindset to be able to play topspins instead
of flat hits. Behruz has been playing for a long time. He
started playing when he was 10, he’s now 44, and he’s got really used to hitting the ball
really flat when he’s playing but he wants to try and change to playing more of a topspin
game so let’s see if we can help him. Behruz it needs to start in your training
sessions. In your training I want you now to start to play that topspin ball almost
exclusively so in a practice game situation let’s set yourself a task to play every ball
with topspin and no flat balls at all. For example let’s now set yourself up so that
every time the ball comes long you have the task of playing a topspin rather than a flat
hit. Get someone to count for you or you can count for yourself how many flat balls you
make in that game. Your aim is to get that down to zero. To do that though you do need to have confidence
in your topspin stroke. So the reason that you are playing that flat hit is because that
is the stroke that your body is used to and it’s also the stroke that your body trusts
the most. You’ve got to get it to the stage where it trusts playing that forehand topspin
and it knows that by playing a topspin the ball is going to go on the table. That only
happens again in your training situation so you need to get that stroke correct, you need
to get that topspin stroke off backspin better, you need to get the topspin off a block better.
You can check the videos in our strokes and techniques section to see the technique that
you need to use there. Get them right. Get confidence in them and then in the practice
match situation start to use them as much as you possibly can and get that flat hitting
down to zero.


  • Reply Rich F March 20, 2017 at 5:25 am

    Hi Alois, What if I have the opposite issue? Unless it's a very high return I tend to forehand loop everything when possible (due to my lack of confidence in reading in coming spin) so I've tried to mix in forehand drives, but then I started get indecisive sometimes whether I should loop or drive. Is this bad?

  • Reply TwitchSypex April 3, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    how to do the reverse pendulum serve

  • Reply AWESOMEPROGAMER 69 May 17, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    well i started using top spins instead of flat hits subconsciously 2 weeks ago ^^ Good videos by the way keep it up.

  • Reply james deroc May 20, 2017 at 2:45 am

    i want to know how to hit it flat , that is very tough shot to deal with

  • Reply cwarim22 June 27, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Which rubber?

  • Reply Mayank Gupta March 20, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Q: What are the ways of returning a no spin fast deep shot where ball simply does not grips and does not bounces off to a height after hitting the other side of the table as it would if it has top spin. I usually get this return (from unorthodox player) at my backhand. It has become my weak point as i cannot attack with consistency. And second most frustating return is when opponent simply punches the topspin generated by you. Even in this case ball does not bounces much and is fast with almost all spin generated by me gone?

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