Attacking a Long Serve with Topspin

Table Tennis Service Return

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martin k

martin k Asked 6 years ago


I noticed that I have issues with attacking long serves with a topspin. Quite often I hit the ball with the edge of my racket and sometimes I miss it entirely. If I hit it, it too often goes into the net. This could be on attacking just a plain topspin serve with my forehand. Just counterhitting it back with a forehand drive (flatter hit) usually works fine. In addition, for some reason I am a bit more successful if it is a long backspin serve, but the same applies :( The serves I receive vary in placement, but this is hard even when playing doubles and the serve is near the midline.

Any advice on how to get more successful topspin returns?

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb Answered 6 years ago

Hi Martin,

This can be tricky especially if the ball comes fast. I think just to get some confidence you can do what is working which is to counterhit the ball back. When doing this try to place the ball well to make it harder for your opponent. As you gain confidence try to gradually increase the length of your stroke. By doing this you can start to build up to a faster topspin.

Take a look at this video on attacking plain topspin serves for more inspiration! :)

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martin k

martin k Posted 6 years ago

Thanks, this is more inline with what I am doing already, I just do not always give it enough focus and thought :) Excellent advice to just keep on building on the blocks you already have. I will keep this in mind.

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Excellent. Let us know how you progress Martin.

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