How to Play Counter-hit in Table Tennis

Table tennis, also known as ping pong, was a dominant sport in England during the Victorian era. A lot of attention and speed are needed for table tennis. Professional ping-pong is played on a complex table divided by a net. Players stand opposite each other, hitting a lightweight ball over the table with a small round bat.

Table tennis is comparable to a variety of different sports. There are several basic or important strokes that you need to be familiar with to practice and develop.

What is Counter-hit in Table Tennis?

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Counter-hit is an assault made in response to an incoming loop. Instead of waiting longer before striking, the player will strike the ball early, typically when it is still ascending after the initial bounce, to catch the opposing player off guard and give them less time to respond or reposition. Counter-drive stroke uses the entering speed and spins to drive back extremely quickly without using much power.

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How to Play Counter-hit in Table Tennis

The Forehand Counter-hit

A forehand shot is just striking the ball with the most natural position of your hand. A right-handed batter would hit the ball from his right side of the body, whereas a left-handed batter would hit from his left side. Your stance, hit, backswing, and finish can all be split down into four parts while executing a forehand counter-hit.


  • Position your body in such a way that the ball comes to rest on your natural side.
  • The distance between your feet should be a little broader than shoulder width.
  • Allow your right foot to lag behind your left for right-handed people (to generate power)
  • Knees bowed, body hunched (bending forward), arms outstretched in front of you.


  • Rotate your body slightly to the right towards your hips as the ball approaches.
  • Transfer some of your weight to your rear foot.
  • Maintain a 45-degree angle with your racket.


  • Rotate your body backwards once you’re ready to hit the ball.
  • Return your body weight from your rear foot to your front foot.
  • At the top of the bounce, try to hit the ball.
  • Try accelerating your forearm slightly as you make contact for a forehand drive.


  • The racket should be in front of your body, aiming in the direction you hit the ball.
  • Return to your ready posture in preparation for your return.

Here is a learning video for quick counter topspins:

The Backhand Counter-hit

To hit the ball with a backhand counter-hit, you must turn your arm slightly across your body. The backhand, like the forehand, can be split down into four parts: your stance, your backswing, your attack, and your finish.


  • Your body should be square to the line of play, which means both feet should be pointing diagonally at your opponent.
  • Knees bent, body hunched, both arms out in front of you with a small bend at the elbow.


  • Bring your racket nearer your body as the ball approaches.
  • Maintain a balanced, aligned physique.


  • Move your arm towards the ball as soon as you’re ready to hit it.
  • Use your wrist to provide extra force and direction to the ball by tapping it.


  • Your follow-through should be targeted in the same direction as the ball.
  • Return to your ready position and wait for the next shot to arrive.


The forehand is generally the more powerful stroke in modern table tennis, and it is the point winner. The backhand reply, on the other hand, becomes increasingly crucial as rallies get faster and faster. First and foremost, the backhand counter should be a commanding stroke. It allows you to score by outlasting your opponent, moving him about, or assaulting him. The forehand is the essential shot, although both wings must be developed, with the backhand depending more on consistency and the forehand relying more on the force.

What is the number of serves each player receives?

Unless there is a deuce, each player receives two serves, which are alternated until one of the players earns 11 points. In such a situation, each player receives only one service, which they alternate until one of them has a two-point advantage.

What happens if you place your hand on the table?

If you contact the table surface with your free hand (the one that isn’t carrying a paddle), your opponent will be immediately awarded a point. This is also true if you shift the table while wearing or carrying something.

Table tennis became an Olympic sport in what year?


How many points does one player score in a regular game?

A total of eleven points.

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