Analysis of movements on return of serve

Table Tennis Service Return

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singaraju avancha

singaraju avancha Asked 6 years ago

From the ready position what is the exact point of time i should take my body up for the stroke on a service of the opponent. is it the moment he contacts or after his contact with the ball or during the time it is between his racket and net or when it has crossed the net ? i am able to decide the kind of return i have to do but i am missing the timing. alois kindly guide me


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Singaraju,

Take a look at this picture attached.

Fan Zhendong Receiving Leg Position

It is a match between Zhang Jike serving at the far end and Fan Zhendong receiving at the near end.

As Zhang Jike throws the ball up, Fan Zhendong lifts his upper body upwards.  Both players do this on each other’s serves.

Then let’s examine the actual movement of the legs:

The angle of 124 is where Fan Zhendong is at the start of the serve.

The angle 125 is where Fan Zhendong is when Zhang Jike actually contacts the ball on his serve.

The angle 119 is where Fan Zhendong is when he hits his return.

The angle 112 is where Fan Zhendong has moved to for the 4th ball in the rally.

You can see there is a lot of movement before he makes the actual return and then more movement to hit the 4th ball.


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singaraju avancha

singaraju avancha Posted 6 years ago

Just wonderful. It gives lot of insight to the receive through the picture. It should solve my problems an all doubts. Thanks a lot sir. The pictourosque description made it much easier and easy to understand.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

I am glad to hear it.  It was an interesting question.  We are also going to discuss it on Episode 61 of the ask the coach show.


Kaustubh Kulkarni

Kaustubh Kulkarni Posted 6 years ago

Wow! Great explanation.


singaraju avancha

singaraju avancha Posted 6 years ago

thank you sir. i hope it is not for the premium members. of course i would like to become a premium member this month end which should make me learn more from your videos.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Hi Singaraju, you don’t have to be a Premium member to watch the Ask the Coach show.


Anh van Pham

Anh van Pham Posted 8 months ago

I can not see the picture! Please! This is one of things I am struggling with!!



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