more tactics

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mts288
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For the last couple of weeks I've been working on serving a very fast, heavy backspin ball from deep in my right forehand corner to deep to my opponents forehand corner.  I keep the ball very low and then step back and counter attack their loop return with a hard driving forehand to thier backhand corner.  If they go down the line I block with my LP's.  This tactic seems to work fairly well.  My opponents are under 2000 rated.  Am I getting away with something that won't work at a higher level? 

Larry Hodges
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Re: more tactics

At higher levels, this might work as a surprise tactic, but it won't work regularly as higher-level players will likely loop the serve very aggressively. However, if you are a good blocker, that might not bother you, since you'll also get some service winners. It realy depends on the opponent. What I'd suggest is learn to do this same serve to all parts of the table. Also, note that if you are really putting heavy backspin on the ball, then the serve can't be that fast - the backspin will make it float long. Experiment with putting a light backspin on the ball so you can serve it much faster, thereby rushing the opponent more - i.e. a fast, dead ball. (After two bounces on the table, light backspin becomes mostly no-spin, but opponents aren't usually used to that, if it comes at them fast.) 

mts288
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Re: more tactics

I have been blocking returns fairly successfully and changing the direction of the serve, but I haven't been changing the amount of the spin.  I'll try it.  It could be that I'm not puting as much backspin on the ball as I think.  My opponents (1800+ level)  seem to be rushed though.  I'll try the different variations and see what happens.

Thanks