Benefits of an unconventional playing style

Table tennis coaches (myself included) often favour teaching a modern topspin game – service from the backhand corner, playing forehands on ¾ of the table, playing topspin strokes as often as possible, attack, attack attack! But this isn’t the only way of playing table tennis. In this blog post I explore the benefits of unconventional playing styles.

Joo Sae-hyuk vs Steffan Mengel (Korea Open, July 2015)

20150706 - Joo Saehyuk vs Steffan Mengel

Great contest of attack vs defence in the quarter finals of the Korea Open. Steffan Mengel from Germany hits some huge forehand shots, but somehow Joo Saehyuk, the great defender from South Korea, manages to keep putting the ball back on to the table. Just when it seems Mengel is getting on top, Joo Saehyuk finds a way back and takes the match to a deciding set.