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How to Get More Spin in Table Tennis

Today, I talk about “How to get more spin in your table tennis shots: serve, loop, push, forehand topspin, backhand flip, topspin serve, etc. Spin is the “heart” of this sport. When you master the “spin” in table tennis, your tablet tennis level increases dramatically. Without spin, table tennis is no longer table tennis. Professional table tennis players can make the ball spin up to 9000 rpm (rounds per minute).

Why is Spin so important in table tennis?

The Chinese philosophy says that there are 3 aspects of a table tennis shot: spin, speed, and powerSpin is the most important of these 3 terms. 

  • The spiny but slow ball is not powerful.
  • The fastball without spin is not powerful.
  • The powerful ball is the ball loaded of spin and speed.
Each type of shots (push, topspin, flick, etc) has an optimcal hitting position, called as "timing". Learn the best timing is crucial for the beginners.
Each type of shots (push, topspin, flick, etc) has an optimcal hitting position, called as “timing”. Learn the best timing is crucial for the beginners.

What are Spin, Speed, and Power?

  • Spin is how fast in ball rotates around itself (measured by rpm)
  • Speed is the velocity of the ball travel (measure by m/s)
  • Power is the aspect combined with both the Speed and Spin. The fast with heavy spinny ball comes from a powerful shot.

In this tutorial, I explain “How to spin in table tennis like a pro”. I’ve explained the best way to make a table tennis ball spin.

How to Spin Like a Pro: Table Tennis Techniques

Watch this video.

How to increase the spin on the ball?

Based on the Chinese coaching, the best way to spin the ball in table tennis are:

  1. Aim to the good contact timing
  2. Acceleration at the moment of hitting
  3. Brush throw the ball

1. Aim to have good timing

Timing is very important in table tennis. It’s the moment you hit the ball on its trajectory. Professional players always have optimal timing.

2. Acceleration

Spin is made in only at the fraction of a second. Don’t just hit at the “same speed”. You need to “accelerate”. Acceleration is the key of table tennis spin.

The more you accelerate fast, the spinnier the ball you make!

3. Brush motion

You need to brush “though” the ball. Brushing is the quick action, that the ball sinks into the sponge.

Using Yin Pai in the forehand topspin stroke
Using Yin Pai in the forehand topspin stroke

But you need also to impact the force to the ball by using the blade. Don’t hit only by the sponge. Hit with the blade too. That’s why you need to hit “through” your racket, with quick acceleration!

Key points to maximize spin

The only and the one key point to spin the ball is ACCELERATION.

  • Table tennis is not a tennis sport. The ball weight is only 2.7g. It’s not how hard you hit the ball, but it’s how fast you hit the ball in a short amount of time will decide the amount of spin.
  • The contact occurs only in a fraction of a second. To spin the ball, apply force at this moment. All of these processes occur very fast.
  • Hit the ball with the “accelerated action”, in a short amount of time. That’s the key to raise the spin in your table tennis shots.

So please remember, “spin” is the key in table tennis. To make the ball spin, think about  “acceleration”. In your training sessions, try to accelerate at the moment of contact in your shots: topspin, backspin push, flip, backhand topspin, counter loop, aggressive block, chop.

Acceleration speed of the racket during the forehand topspin

As I explained above, that’s the “acceleration” of your racket that decides the spin, (and the speed) of your shots. Acceleration is measured as the velocity of the bat. The advanced player, intermediate and beginners have different “acceleration”. Advanced players and professional players have higher bat’s acceleration speed (measured in m/s).

Racket speed difference between the advanced and intermediate player

  • Advanced: 19.4 m/s
  • Intermediate: 17.9 m/s
Racket acceleration impacts mostly to the spin and the speed in table tennis
Racket acceleration impacts mostly to the spin and the speed in table tennis

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6 thoughts on “How to Get More Spin in Table Tennis”

  1. i still get a little confused by: relax before hitting and explode at the time of hitting (at the same time). how can one be completely relaxed AND explode at the same time?

    • Hi Lou,
      For the Backhand, you need to use the wrist.
      Imagine, you will pull out a gun from your pocket.
      And then hit forward.

      You need a coach, or watch my video about backhand techniques.

  2. As you have explained in previous videos the power comes from the ground-hip rotation, which will help to get much more spin on your shots. I’ve been applying your indications to my playing style, and I feel getting better every time I go to the court.

    Thank you coach.

  3. Hi, Can you share with me the articules that you mentioned in the video ? I try to convince my table tennis partners about the importance of the spin and this is a good way, I supose.
    Congratulations for the channel all my sundays wait for the pingsunday.
    Regards from Colombia.


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