The first aspect is – Creating the opportunity to attack first. I hear many table tennis club players telling themselves throughout the night, “Just use your attack!” Well that sounds nice, but how are you going to create the opportunity. There are several ways.
- Try to loop long serves
- Try to loop half-long serves
- Try to serve short and push short so that your opponent can’t easily loop first
- Try to loop most of the long pushes
- Try to loop most of the flips
After you make the opening attack, try to continue attacking by following up with another ball and another ball. Against a good table tennis player, it will likely take 3-4 strong attacks to win the point.
The second aspect is – Being consistent in your attack. Even if you can create the opportunity to attack, that doesn’t mean that you will win; that merely means that you have the ability to attack. Your target should be to make 80-90% of your attacks on with both your backhand and your forehand. If you are making 100% of your opening attacks on and still losing, then you possibly need to give more spin variation, speed variation, and placement variation. If you are inconsistent on your attacks, then consider adjusting your technique in the following ways.
- Try to move into position better
- Try to read the amount of spin that your opponent is giving you
- Try to adjust the height of your backswing based on the spin and based on the height of the ball
- Try to adjust the length of your swing based on the speed of the ball
- Try to adjust your racket angle based on the spin on the ball
- Try to focus on spin as your primary weapon and use speed as your secondary weapon
You should significantly see your attacking game improve if you focus on these key areas. Good luck!