Third-Ball Attack

The 3rd-ball attack is a strategy that involves Player A serving the ball (ball #1), Player B returns it (ball #2), and Player A attacks (ball #3).

A common third-ball attack strategy is to serve underspin most of the time, then surprise the opponent with a sidespin or topspin serve. When the opponent misplays it, the ball often pops up high, and the server can then smash or loop the ball to end the point.

Related Terms