The offensive trump card in table tennis. A player will typically execute a smash when his or her opponent has returned a ball that bounces too high and/or too close to the net. Smashing is essentially self-explanatory — large backswing and rapid acceleration imparting as much speed on the ball as possible.
Also know, what is the purpose of defensive strokes in table tennis?
The defensive style of play
The purpose is to get the opponent to do mistakes, not being able to return the stroke. You do this with speed, spin (usually backspin) and placement, with the main focus on spin.
Just so, what are several offensive strokes in table tennis?
The four shots are; Forehand drive. Backhand drive. Backhand push.
What is a short stroke in table tennis?
To play this stroke, stand close to the table and take a stance facing the line of play. Using a short stroke, your racket arm should move from the elbow in a horizontal plane whilst your free arm should point towards the ball to assist with your balance.
Chop. A chop is the defensive, backspin counterpart to the offensive loop drive. A chop is essentially a bigger, heavier push, taken well back from the table. The racket face points primarily horizontally, perhaps a little bit upward, and the direction of the stroke is straight down.
Push the ball back.
Use a short stroke to hit the ball on back bottom part of the paddle. This will give it a little spin. This is a good defensive stroke to return a ball that your opponent hits short over the net (one that would bounce twice on the table). It also keeps your opponent from using an attacking stroke.
What makes table tennis so popular is the ease of which to pick it up. There are essentially two basic positions to learn – the forehand and the backhand. Every other shot thereafter are simply techniques applied to these two basic positions.