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How to play against a very strong backhand player

Hello, welcome back to PingSunday. Today, let’s learn the backhand-to-backhand counter training session of Ma Long.
He is playing with Xu Chenhao.


Backhand to backhand style

Xu Chenhao has a very powerful and quick backhand attack. It seems that Ma Long lost many points against the backhand of Xu Chenhao.

What is the solution of Ma Long? To avoid the backhand-backhand rally, Ma Long has found a solution. He attacks directly to the forehand side of Xu Chenhao.

backhand to backhand attacking style
backhand to backhand attacking style


Facing an opponent with a very strong backhand

So, today, we will learn a simple trick.
In table tennis, what to do when the opponent has a very strong backhand?

Where to serve to counter backhand dominant player
Where to serve to counter backhand dominant player

There are a few things you can try when facing an opponent with a very strong backhand:



Target forehand side

Try to target their forehand side: Many players have a weaker forehand than backhand, so try to hit the ball to their forehand side as much as possible.

attack to the forehand side of the backhand dominant player
attack to the forehand side of the backhand dominant player

Mix up the pace

Mix up the pace and spin of your shots: If your opponent is expecting a fast, spinny shot to their backhand, try hitting a slower, flatter shot instead. This can throw off their timing and make it harder for them to generate power on their backhand.

change the pace of your shot
change the pace of your shot

Change the depth

Vary the height and depth of your shots: Hitting the ball too high or too deep to your opponent’s backhand can make it difficult for them to generate power. Try hitting short, low shots or deep, heavy shots to keep them on their toes.

change the depth
change the depth

Use angles

Use angles: By hitting the ball at sharp angles, you can make it more difficult for your opponent to get their backhand into position to hit a strong shot.

Attack first

Play aggressively: If your opponent’s backhand is very strong, they may be able to control the game by playing defensively. Try to take the initiative and play aggressively to force them out of their comfort zone.

Watch this video:

when facing an opponent with a very strong backhand

Watch this video.



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