Home  »  Tactics & Strategy   »  

05 Simple Doubles Tactics in Table Tennis

Many players asked me about the tactics in Double Games. Here are the 5 simple but very effective tactics for Double Game in table tennis.

Playing Doubles demands quickness and understanding. You need a right footwork pattern to move. Normally, one player will play further from the table, and another player will stay close to the table. Remember to get out of your partner’s path once you’ve made your shot. The rule of double is simple, but how to play a good Double is not easy.

Playing double in table tennis you need the good strategy
Playing double in table tennis you need the good strategy

Here are five simple doubles tips to remember:

01 Use your serve to support your partner

Remember that your partner will make the third stroke, not you.

You should constantly attempt to use your services that assist your partner’s attacks.

Use your serve that help your partner to attack the next ball
Use your serve that help your partner to attack the next ball

 

Here is the full analysis video I’ve made for the double games:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Etv9NELw1yg

02 Use the hand signal

Let your partner know when you’re going to serve and which type of spin in your serve so he’s ready for the following shot. Learn to communicate with the hand signal. I’ve explained the exclusive list of the hand signal in table tennis.

Hand Signals in Double Guide
Hand Signals in Double Guide
Hand signal helps you to communicate with your teammate
Hand signal helps you to communicate with your teammate

03 Carry your teammate

If you are paired with a weaker player, your goal is to make as many powerful attacks as you can, hoping to balance the poor response from your partner.



You need to carry your teammate if you are stronger player
You need to carry your teammate if you are a stronger player

04 Give your partner the space

Step to the right side of the table and wait for your partner to move to the middle. Keep an eye on your buddy as he shoots and slides left of the table. Always keep moving in the Double games, and give the space for the partner.

give your partner space to play
give your partner space to play

05 Attack to the weaker player

Always target the weaker player of the opponent’s team. The weaker player is slower, so he will block his teammate to make a strong shot. This tactic is very useful in Mixed Double Games. Always attack the ball to the weaker player’s side (normally the female player).

Liu Shiwen Xu Xin Mixed Double get Silver medal
Liu Shiwen Xu Xin Mixed Double get Silver medal

 

 



©PINGSUNDAY. Unauthorized use, translation or duplication of this material is strictly prohibited. Link and excerpt may be used, provided that clear credit is given to PingSunday with the specific link to the original content.

Sign up and join +65k readers. Get free coaching ebooks and coaching advice every week

Table tennis coach in France since 2012, founder of pingsunday.com (the best online coaching program for table tennis players). Born in Vietnam in 1983, Ph.D. in Université Pierre Marie Curie. Read more about him.

Leave a Comment

PingSunday