Victory is accomplished through creative use of the right analog stick or face buttons, which enable you to apply spin to your shot. Each of the face buttons adds spin in a different direction - up, down, left or right. Or, you can point the right analog stick in said direction to add the same spin. Moreover, the length of time that you hold a button down or angle the stick indicates how powerful your shot will be. You can even "pre-load" a shot - most of the time, we pressed a button or tipped the stick the moment our previous shot entered enemy territory. Thus, when the all-important plastic sphere returned to us, we were able to crush it, a strategem that met with ball-denting success.
Of course, different spins can make the ball curve, or create a funny bounce when you try to lay your paddle to it. You can move your body to the left, right, or forward and back using the left analog stick if you really want to lose, but we found it usually hurt more than it helped. At least during our first hours of playtime, we had far better luck staying in the center of the table so all our mental resources could be funneled into shot placement.