Coach Samson Dubina 2016 US National Team Coach 2015 - 2018 USATT Coach of the Year

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Bang! Bang! Bang!

Learn 3 important tips for smashing!

Read the Opponent’s Spin
All high-balls should not be smashed in the same manner.  When you see a high topspin ball, step back slightly, start your racket high, and smash forward and down.  When you see a high backspin ball, step forward, start your racket lower and the angle more open, while smashing forward and slightly up.
Add Spin to Your Smash
A smash with some topspin will possibly be 10% slower, but it will usually have about 50% more control.  Be consistent in smashing – add topspin!
Place Your Smash Correctly
When your opponent is near the table, smash to his elbow (his transition point).  At the transition point, he will need to make a very quick decision to use backhand or forehand.  When he is away from the table, smash more often to the wide angles – especially the wide backhand.  When your opponent is far from the table, the court becomes wide.  In order to cover the wide angle, he will be forced to move 15-20 feet to reach the angle balls.