[Video] Beat your opponent with quick counter topspins – with Paul Drinkhall

[Video] Beat your opponent with quick counter topspins – with Paul Drinkhall

In this video, pro player Paul Drinkhall, shows how to do a forehand counter-topspin.


Counter-topspin is a shot played close to the table. Your opponent plays a looping attack. Instead of blocking, you play a short counter-topspin attack instead.

The result? Usually a clean winner. The ball goes past your opponent before he or she even realises.

This is an advanced shot. It requires a lot of practice and skill to do consistently.

In the video, Paul explains how to execute the shot, how to practice and when to use the shot in matches.

This video is brought to you in partnership with Bribar Table Tennis.

What’s in the video

0:00 – Tom introduces the video

0:41 – Paul explains what a counter-topspin shot is and when to play it

1:34 – Paul goes into more detail about the technique, timing and how much power to use

3:15 – Paul explains how to practice the forehand counter-topspin

3:48 – Tom re-emphasises the importance of NOT blasting the ball

Useful links

> Paul Drinkhall’s Facebook Page

> Bribar Table Tennis

> Tom Lodziak’s YouTube Channel

> More online table tennis lessons

About Tom Lodziak

I’m a table tennis coach based in Cambridge in the UK. I have 70+ free table tennis lessons on my popular YouTube channel. I also have 150+ coaching articles to help you improve your table tennis skills. You can read more about my background on my About Tom page.

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