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How to Choose the Correct Ball to Attack

November 21, 2013 by Rajeev Sharma

How to choose the correct ball to attack is one very important aspect in improving your game of table tennis. Mastering the third, fourth, and fifth ball attack is key in taking away your opponents confidence to hit with power and counterattack or even more frequently, upsetting their rhythm. You want to have the opportunity to know where your opponents attack is going to at a velocity and spin that you can handle. This gives you the luck to begin crafting the point in the way that you want.

Mastering the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Ball Attack Third Ball Attack

A third ball attack is the expression used to explain the situation where the server hits a commanding attack on the first stroke after serving-the third stroke of the match. Various players will have differing types of third ball attacks. Some will favor using a quick, flat attack with a modest spin. Others will utilize incredibly “spinny” attacks with only average momentum. The most widespread adaptation of the third ball attack in today’s table tennis is a speedy attack with sufficient topspin to hit the ball deep at the edge towards the table. This kind of stroke is frequently called a power, loop-kill, loop, or rip.

Fourth Ball Attack

A fourth attack is the expression used to describe the setting where the receiver hits a dynamic attack on the first stroke after returning serve-the fourth stroke of the match. Various players will have differing types of fourth ball attacks. Some players will favor using a quick, flat attack with a slight spin. Others will use extremely “spinny” attacks with only average speed. The most familiar form of the fourth ball attack in modern table tennis is a quick attack with sufficient topspin to hit the ball close on the opponent’s side of the table. This kind of stroke is frequently described as a rip, loop, or loop kill.

Fifth Ball Attack

A fifth ball attack is the word used to describe circumstances where the server hits a weak attack on their first stroke after serving, and then hits an extremely powerful attack on their next stroke-the fifth stroke of the match. A number of fifth ball attacks are thought out from the start of the serve with a particular third ball stroke in mind by the server to ready for the fifth ball attack. Other fifth ball attacks take place when the serve is unable to make a planned third ball attack and uses a weaker stroke, normally slowed down and with heavier topspin, eager to set up the opportunity for a fifth ball attack instead.

TIP: Remember good quality table tennis balls can make a big difference in your game. Competition balls are evenly structured to allow an accurate flight and bounce; they make it easier to play well, and will give you a good reliable bounce allowing you to develop your consistency. The best quality ball brands are supplied in various quality levels decided by seam quality, roundness, and consistency from one to the next. Three star balls are the highest quality level ball, two star balls are the next quality level, and one star is the lowest quality in star graded table tennis balls.

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