Strategy Against a Left-Handed Player by Pierce Scott


Here are some basic strategies to beat a left-handed player in table tennis, assuming you are right-handed. The very first thing you need to do is figure out the strong side of the player (forehand or backhand). 90% of the time it will be the forehand. When the left-handed player loops crosscourt (which is where most loops go) it will be coming into your backhand. So if the opponent starts looping with his forehand first you are going to be on the defense with your backhand. You do not want to get in this situation. To avoid it, you need to start attacking first. When you attack with your forehand it will be going into his/her backhand. Now this forces them to go on the defense. You need to move them off the ping-pong® table enough to get a good opening down the line so you can move them from left to right. If they return this, move them right back into that backhand into your forehand pattern.

If you happen to lose the attack, it only takes a block down the line to their backhand. This is a tricky shot; if you have not practiced it on your Robo-Pong table tennis robot, don’t expect to make it much in a tournament when the pressure is on.

In conclusion, you need to attack first with your forehand into their backhand, run them off the table, and then finally finish them off!

Pierce Scott

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