How to improve your 3rd ball attack (table tennis)

How to improve your 3rd ball attack (table tennis)

in this video I'm going to show you how to improve your third ball attacks what do I mean by third ball attack this is where you serve your opponent returns and then you attack the next ball sometimes your attack might be a winner but not necessarily basically it's your opportunity to put your opponent under pressure and take control of the rally so let's talk about how good at doing third bull attacks the first thing I always teach the players I coach is that you should always expect your serve to be returned now some players especially if they have strong serves develop habit of serving and hoping that their opponent will make a mistake so they serve and they watch and they hope now sometimes their opponent will miss for you the serve was good cheat point but other times they serve and they watch and they hope but alone their opponent has returned their serve and they're not ready they're not prepared they were too busy watching and hoping that their opponent would miss so they can't take advantage of what may have been a perfectly predictable and attackable return of serve so the first step getting good at third ball attacks is expecting you'll serve to be returned if your serve isn't returned well that's a bonus but you were ready anyway next you have to think about if your serve is returned how is it likely to be returned this will depend on a few things what spin are you putting on the serve so if you do a back spin or a side backspin serve it's often returned with backspin a topspin serve or a side topspin serve it's most likely to be returned with topspin consider also the direction of your serve so where on the table have you served to as a general guide and this is general doesn't work out every time like this but as a general guide when you serve cross-court the ball is often returned straight back to you cross-court when you serve in the middle the ball is often returned it in a more sensual zone if you serve down the line the ball is often when turned in this direction you also have to consider your opponent while opponent may always return your backspin serves with a push another opponent may always return your backspin serves with a flick or a loop so you're starting to build up this picture of how your serve is likely to be returned depending on what spin you put on the serve where you serve to and who your opponent is when you have a good understanding of how your cells are likely to be returned you can begin to think through your attacking options so let me give you an example I'm going to do a long side backspin serve now my opponent is Daniel I've played Daniel lots of times before I know if I do a long side backspin serve to his backhand he's going to attack it he's not going to blast the ball he's just going to get a good controlled topspin contact so I'm going to get a topspin ball back now as I'm serving cross-court the ball is most likely to return straight back to me to my backhand side and as the serve is long the return is more likely to be deep rather than short so I'm expecting the ball to be returned with topspin I'm expecting the ball to be returned to my backhand side and I'm expecting the ball to be returned a little bit deeper so if I want to attack Daniels return I have a couple of options I could serve turn and do a backhand topspin or I could serve step around and play a forehand topspin now I like to attack with my forehand so that's what I'm going to mentally prepare myself for so before I serve I start the visualization process okay bounce the ball a couple of times I'm thinking through the serve I'm going to do where I'm going to serve to how my opponent is likely to return it where I need to position myself after the serve and what attack I'm going to do the final part I want to talk is the placement of your third ball attacks as I've mentioned in other videos you want to try and avoid your attacks landing short in the middle of the table these are the areas which is easiest for your opponent to block or to counter-attack so you want to try and get your attacks closer to the line try to get them a bit deeper a bit wider so aiming your attacks for the corners or trying to get your attacks deep into your opponent's crossover area or getting something out wide you know they're going to be much more effective so as you go for your third bullet attacks really try to make placement the focus of what you're doing okay now sometimes as you go for that good placement you're going to hit a winner which is great fantastic other times your opponent's going to be able to retain your attack but if you get good placement you're more likely to take control of the valley you players who are good at third ball attacks they don't just attack the easy balls they can also attack the good returns as well as they have a really good understanding of how the ball is likely to be returned this is some advantage to have so even if your opponent does return yourself well you can still get in good 3rd bull attack so this is going to help you win a lot more points so to recap you're going to expect your serve to be returned you're going to think through how the ball is unlikely to be returned you're going to think through how you want to attack the third ball and then you're going to work on getting a good placement on the third ball attack right ok so I want you to give it a go practice the third ball attacks and see if you can make some improvement with how you attack the third ball I hope you found this video useful for more table tennis tips please please visit my website

24 Replies to “How to improve your 3rd ball attack (table tennis)”

  1. thanks a lot for your videos mr Lodziak, i like their format a lot! it's really hard to find good vids on table tennis here on YT, but yours are gold. a huge thumbs up

  2. Unfortunately if the player is at your level long serve will put you more under pressure then him, meaning you will more likely miss the ball then him attacking it weak. Think of it this way. He needs to attack a serve and you need to counterattack fast topspin ball. Who is more likely to do a mistake? The only way to succeed in third ball attack is to keep the ball short but tricky meaning to cheat him thinking it is underpin or topspin or how much underspin or topsin have a ball pop up and finish it. And for that you need hundreds of hours of serve training. If you dont believe me use this strategy against same level as you and you will see that your success rate is lower then 50 percent with long serves. Long serves should be reserved as element of surprise or pressure. Not as strategy.

  3. Coach,if I serve to their forehand side with a good side,back spin serve,they return with a good reversed side back spin(short push) near the net on backhand side..The third ball attack is not much of a help here,What would be best strategy to finish the point quicker in this? Also this can happen also in double match when I put spin on my serve,opponent returned it with reversed spin and where my partner is having a difficulty to play smash with short ball return like ball goes into net or fly over with much top spin,unless a long deep return where he can smash without any prob,ps my partner is a penhold,Im a shakehand

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  5. I think topspin serve is a lot easier to predict opponent's return. If you serve backspin, most players would push/chop return as backspin, or flick/loop return as topspin and the chance is about 50/50.

    But when serve topspin, people usually either just block or topspin it back to you, they rarely chop the ball to change it to backspin (unless you are facing chopper or long pimples/anti user), so against normal players it is almost 90% of the time they will return topspin back to you, and this can be very useful when you are confident at playing fast-paced.

    Please let me know what you think.

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