Some players prefer to smash the ball with very little spin and as much pace as possible, while others feel more comfortable using a little topspin to aid their control as well as a lot of pace.
Points to look for:
- The smash will occur in the middle of a rally. In this case the player has forced his opponent back from the table with a strong attack to the backhand side of the opponent, which is why the player is standing so far to his own backhand side.
- The player is in a neutral ready position, with legs wide apart, knees slightly bent, and on the balls of his feet. He is ready to move in any direction with ease.
- The player is a little further back from the table, since he knows that his opponent's return from a long way away from the table is unlikely to bounce short.