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Tactics Against a New Opponent | Table Tennis | PingSkills

November 5, 2019

Hi, I’m Alois Rosario from PingSkills. Eugene
has asked us a question about how do you figure out tactics against a player that you’ve never
played before. Your first opportunity will be if you see
them playing in a match before you play them. If you do watch what they like, watch what
they don’t like, and watch what that particular opponent is doing to them. But often that
doesn’t always match up with your style. So your first opportunity is in the warm up.
You’ve got two minutes to start to figure things out. You might start with the warm
up playing backhands to forehands. In that time you’ll get a bit of a feel for how comfortable
and good they are on the forehand side. You might also just throw in a few different balls
so a few topspins and see how they cope with that. Or you might even just put a backspin
ball in every now and then and just see what they do with that. And then you swap over
to the other side and do something similar so you might do some good controlled balls
first and see what the backhand looks like. Throw in some topspins at them, throw in some
faster balls and see how they cope, throw in some slower topspins and then also let
them topspin and see what they’ve got on that side as well. So in that two minutes you can
learn a lot about your opponent. Then when the actual game starts I want you
to experiment a little bit with your serves, your return of serve, and also your placement
during the rally. For example with the first serve I might give them my favourite, my stock
standard serve so I’m going to do a short backspin serve to the forehand and see how
they cope. Then I’m going to try perhaps that same serve into the backhand corner and OK
that one doesn’t come back so now I’m starting to think OK perhaps the backhand is where
I need to be serving that ball. On the return of serve you’ve got some options
to explore. I might try a short return and see what their short game is like or I might
just flick the ball and see how they cope with that or the other option off a short
serve is pushing the long push to them and just see, do they have a weapon, can they
open up and attack me on that. So now I’ve started to explore a little bit about how
they’re going to play in the rally off their serve as well. And in the rally I’m going to see are they
good at blocking with their forehand or blocking with their backhand or what they’re like when
I play the ball into their middle. How they are when I move them around from side to side.
So all of those things are things that you can start to explore in the rally as well.


  • Reply Zach Clark August 5, 2016 at 2:18 am

    How can I get good spin on a less rubberized paddle? When I try to go for the more heavy spin, the ball doesn't grip the paddle, but when I put less spin, the spin doesn't really affect my opponents. Please respond!

  • Reply izzy kingston August 5, 2016 at 2:57 am

    New to ping pong, have played tennis for 10 years, and only recently been introduced to ping pong and i love it so much, I've watched so many of your videos and i love them all too!

  • Reply ice man August 5, 2016 at 3:57 am

    this was very insightful, thank you guys for your wisdom. keep up the great job! i love the channel

  • Reply Zulqarnain Saleem August 5, 2016 at 5:55 am

    Hey guys, what are your thoughts on the newly introduced table tennis TTX.

  • Reply Desert August 5, 2016 at 9:17 am

    do you prefer short or long pimples? whats the difference between them

  • Reply Tomek Kordaszewski August 5, 2016 at 9:45 am

    thank you, once again top noch tactical guide, keep em roll for us, cheers!

  • Reply Amogh Voleti August 5, 2016 at 11:07 am

    How to play against a tough player ?

  • Reply Amogh Voleti August 5, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Which is the best serve in table tennis?

  • Reply Caleb Kyle Claro August 5, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    I like this video. Very informative. But I have a question, how can you have control with the gameplay (Spin, Speed, and Placement) if you play with a new opponent? This is one loophole that I see in my game. A reply will be very much appreciated, and more power to you!

  • Reply Lanny Jamin August 5, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    hahaha i try to my friend and i never play with him he is confuse with my sidespin blok and back spin

  • Reply CsGoFAT August 5, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Just started to play table tennis and love it and your videos! Will you be watching the Olympic table tennis?

  • Reply Nigella Farage August 5, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    This may sound a bit odd but has Jeff ever been to Greece? If not then I've found his doppelgänger :3

  • Reply Daring Vlogs August 6, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    how to play in a tournament as a beginner?

  • Reply Amogh Voleti August 6, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Please make a tutorial for ma long's serve

  • Reply Amogh Voleti August 6, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Can you make a tutorial for the tomahawk serve

  • Reply Amogh Voleti August 7, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Who is the best player in table tennis?

  • Reply Akash Agarwal August 13, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Your videos were really helpful as beginner.I just started playing TT 3 months ago..and learnt the basics from your videos.Keep going the good work.Cheers 🙂

  • Reply Aled Robins August 15, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Your videos are really helpful PingSkills! Keep up the good work! I'm 14 and I'm pretty much a beginner! Could you give me advice/link to a video on how to do sidespin serve?
    Thanks again PingSkills! I shall subscribe

  • Reply Carlvin Chan August 28, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Thanks alot PingSkills..I getting more better after watching you video..keep a good job =)

  • Reply johnny klein September 5, 2016 at 7:30 am

    A friend of mine as a very solid backhand while his forehand is in no way lacking either. he doesn't do anything fancy but he gets pretty much every ball back(we are both just casual but do play regularly) so should I try to get him with spin and what type?

  • Reply God Zeus September 25, 2016 at 2:09 am

    wow,thats a nice vid

  • Reply Matthaus November 11, 2016 at 3:11 am

    Very important video!! Thank you!

  • Reply Supernova Colour February 5, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    sir , thanks for answering my previous question.. firstly I want to tell you that I can't play 2nd consecutive smash , although it is coming near to me. So what can I do for making my placement for next smash in time?

  • Reply Ashwini Panigrahy February 26, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    how to play with short pimples bat

  • Reply Jack Jenkins April 20, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    How do you control yourself when the game isn't going well for you and if so how can you find a way to win

  • Reply Amal Udin May 8, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    im. having trouble playing with people using cheap bat which the rubber kind of confuse me…when I hit a topspin to him…he block and the ball kind of like backspin…please help me….it also kind of old cheap rubber

  • Reply Shahil Gope September 7, 2017 at 9:39 am

    How can i make my smash perfect for low and high both balls

  • Reply Shahil Gope September 11, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Which serve is the best serve

  • Reply Trevor King November 10, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    When I saw the title I thought “new player” meant a player that is just starting out and I was just thinking like this is the most pointless video ever

  • Reply Gaming with Rhythm Singhvi November 15, 2017 at 11:39 am

    what will do in front of a counter player

  • Reply Humor Instant January 28, 2018 at 10:27 am

    0:56 hahaha

  • Reply Deekshik Gowda May 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    what is main weakness of left handers..?

  • Reply Toby Woolgar May 22, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    3.00 great skill 👍 great show 👍

  • Reply Ashiwini Bhosale July 17, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    A fantastic channel .I just love your channel

  • Reply shon jain September 7, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    If he is knowing are all triks then what to do

  • Reply Ujjval Verma October 26, 2018 at 6:59 am

    Fabulous alois… Always. Thanks …

  • Reply VELAMMAL SIVAGNANAM October 28, 2018 at 3:21 am

    If the opponent is strong in forehand what we can do

  • Reply Rajesh kumar Neethi rajan January 11, 2019 at 5:12 am

    I had been using longpimples tibhar grass dtecs for by backhand I do push the ball block and chop but after seeing your videos I got interested to loop topspin and smash on my backhand and I changed to a rubber all goes well but the only problem is when I push the ball it falls into the net or goes sideways any suggestions regarding this sorry for a long message you guys are really good out there

  • Reply Eloi Mumford May 7, 2019 at 2:05 am

    How to react when an advanced player refuses to play with a ''rookie''/intermediate with a glint of disdain …i do feel insulted but what can i do …i know : practice to beat him !!!

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