Bill Lui - U.S. Certified National Coach
Which Attacking Shot to Take? 07/21/04
When a player executes an attacking shot in a game, it has to be taken decisively. Practicing the different shots to take within one’s style establishes the consistency that is needed to execute them in real game situations without hesitation. In order to do that, one has to be cognizant of one’s style and apply the best attacking shot based on the spin and location of the incoming ball.
Every player’s style and equipment used are different. I have summarized, in the charts below, the different attacking shots to take for an all-round player using inverted rubber. Other players using different types of rubber should formulate a pattern that is best suited to their style.
For the purpose of this discussion, a short ball is one that will bounce twice on the table after it passes the net if allowed to and a long ball is one that will only bounce once. A topspin ball may be treated similar to one with side top, straight side spin, or no spin. A backspin ball may be treated similar to one with side backspin.
When the incoming ball is long, most players will not hesitate to attack. The following choices of attacking shots are what I recommend an all-round player to practice against long balls:
When faced with a short ball, most players have a tendency to “play safe” and execute a “push”. Whereas a short ball with very heavy backspin can be safely pushed back, there are times when it is not safe or outright disastrous to be passive when the ball has topspin. Attacking short balls not only provide variation in one’s play, it is a very useful weapon as well. The following choices of attacking shots are what I recommend an all-round player to practice against short balls:
Create charts of your own that fir your style and equipment used and practice them before using them in real game situtations. When you have to decide which attacking shot to take in a game, you will be happy you did.