It is necessary for you to learn how to put the spin on a ping pong ball. You will first have to be comfortable with making normal shots that have not trick on them. There are various ways of putting the spin on a ball. To learn each of those ways, read the following grouped steps.

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A. Topspin

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1. Hold your paddle at a lower point

The paddle has to be held at a point below the place where the ball is expected to come into contact with it. The paddle has to come from below as it will be brushing the top of the ball. It also has to be held in a slanting manner in that the upper edge of its blade remains a bit in front of the lower edge.

2. Raise the paddle from the holding position

After tossing, the paddle will have to be brought forward and up. Your arm should move to allow this. The forearm has to move and make the paddle meet with the ball.

3. Brush over the ball

Topspin requires you to brush over the top of the ball with your paddle. The paddle has to come from the back of the ball and head to its top. This brushing will make the ball spin from the top.

4. Follow through

Follow through is necessary for the topspin to be successful. It helps you exert a pressure to the ball and make it fly over. Follow through also helps you control the ball to the left or the right. For topspin to the left, you have to brush over the ball from its right side. Topspin to the left requires you to do the opposite of that.

B. Backspin/ Underspin

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1. Hold the paddle at higher point

The paddle should be held at a point back and higher than where the ball is expected to meet with it. The paddle should remain in this position for it to successfully brush under the ball. The paddle should remain slant in such a manner that the top edge of its blade remains behind the bottom edge.

2. Pull the paddle from its holding position

The paddle has to come to the front as the ball comes down. Its slanting position should be maintained. The forearm should move and bring it towards the meeting point.

3. Brush the ball at its base

For a successful backspin, the paddle should brush the ball at its bottom. Brushing should start a point almost close to the back of the ball and end underneath it. The ball should make a backspin as it flies.

4. Follow through

For the ball to fly over the net, follow through is needed. The paddle should not stop when it comes into contact with the ball. You should let the flow of the hand continue and stop naturally. Follow through should also be used in controlling the ball to the left or the right.

 

C. Simple sidespin

1. Hold the paddle at a relatively higher point

In sidespin, the paddle needs to be held at a point higher than where the ball will meet with it. This position helps in sourcing the power to brush the ball at its side. The paddle should be held in such a way that its blade remains almost vertically raised.

2. Bring the paddle down and forward as the ball comes down

As the ball comes down, the paddle needs to come to the front. It should come down and forward to the point where it should meet with the ball. Its blade should remain almost vertically raised. The forearm should move for this to be successful.

3. Brush the ball at its side

Sidespin is made when the ball is brushed at its side with the paddle. The brushing should pass through the side and almost under the ball. This will make the ball fly oscillating horizontally. For a successful sidespin to the right, you will have to brush the left side of the ball.

4. Follow through

Follow through is important for the sidespin to be successful. Your wrist should be used to make a complete follow through. The paddle should stop at a point close to your chest.

 

Ping pong ball spinning is important especially when it comes to higher levels of competing. You have to be as much unpredictable in your game as possible. The spins help in making you remain unpredictable. Spinning can be used in serving. This can help you completely fool your opponent. The above steps should help you learn and apply spinning appropriately.

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