View Full Version : How to play against a Lefty

02-13-2015, 01:41 PM
Guide to how one should play against the lefty. I didn't write this but I follow the blog and perhaps this could help other people as well :)


I have copied the summary below: [NOTE: There is much more info on the blog post]

Summary and complete game plan


mostly short pendulum serve into his forehand zone->pop up->3rd ball attack
faster serves of the same type with an all in 3rd ball attack into his backhand with your forehand or backhand
from time to time long serves down the line to keep him guessing


stand further to the right
prepare to make a step forward incase the serve drifts away sideways on your forehand side
if you see that the sidespin serve double bounces, rip it with a backhand loop or try to control it with a properly angled blade
if the serve is long and drives away from your forehand, loop it into the opponents deep backhand or down the line, focus on a low trajectory

Rally behaviour

lock the opponent on his backhand side with forehand loops, pay attention to hit the mentioned spot a bit left of the middle line and don’t go all in too early, most lefties have solid blocking skills on the backhand
don’t use extreme angles if you aren’t sure to hit a winner or get a significant advantage – what goes around, comes around
if he tries to break the pattern: enforce the same placement with every of your shots whether it’s forehand or backhand
sudden! backhand shots into his long forehand are effective after a long phase of containment
if he tries to move you into your backhand corner with slightly wandering block try suddenly changing into a backhand loop into his wide forehand or even an inside out loop to prevent that the same happens to you
if he tries to loop forehand to forehand with you where he uses inside out loops, try cocking your wrist a bit back to cancel the sidespin but loop normally in general
wrist slightly cocked back if you counterloop inside out loops

02-13-2015, 05:40 PM
A lot of good tips.

I would add something simple.

A good QUICK BH attack is your friend.

LH players face RH players with good Fh all the time and they generally have a lot of experience vs that and know how to cope.

On the other hand, a Lefty doesn't face many righties with a quality consistent QUICK and fast BH attack. There are few things a Lefty hates more than a RH player with a BH that is quick, unpredictable, can land anywhere, and land it with pace and depth and placement.

02-14-2015, 01:18 PM
Awesome list! Is there any similar list how to play against a player with long pipe? :)

02-14-2015, 03:14 PM
Awesome list! Is there any similar list how to play against a player with long pipe? :)

Yes actually :) https://thoughtsontabletennis.wordpress.com/2014/11/03/playing-against-long-pimples/

02-15-2015, 09:46 PM
Haha, tha amature LP player in the CWX vids he is teaching the swipe receive is our company's CEO (he wore grey color t-shirt Paralympic Trials) and who made that vid. He mailed me a DVD of that camp, it was in 2008 or 2009 in Baltimore, USA area.

02-15-2015, 09:54 PM
Yes actually :) https://thoughtsontabletennis.wordpress.com/2014/11/03/playing-against-long-pimples/

Thanks very helpful!