Best way to return topspin service?

Table Tennis Service Return

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Jacob Richards

Jacob Richards Asked 11 years ago

One of my frequent opponents relies heavily on a long topspin serve to the back corners.  Whenever I try to return it with backspin, I hit the ball too solid, and it flies well over the back of the table.  My typical return is to hit it back with no spin, just doing what I can to safely return it.  Then, I am on defense for the entire point.  How do you recommend counteracting this serve so that I can end up on offense?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 11 years ago

Hi Jacob,

The best way to counteract a topspin serve is to topspin it back. You don't need a big stroke but use the pace of the serve and a little topspin to put yourself onto the offensive.

Defending or hitting it back with no spin, will only lead to your opponent dominating the rally. 


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Frendy Halim

Frendy Halim Posted 9 years ago

I found this problome on me too
my senior tell me to just let my bat open up and stay in place to block it and it work for me but it seems make them easier to attack
when I try to counter topspin it, it's so hard because the serve move fast and I confuse that should I lift the ball or hit it forward because the topspin serve is very low. If i lift it, it go out, if i hit it forward, it fall into the net
please for the answer ^^


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

It is about getting the angle right.  The topspin will make it easier to attack.  If you get enough topspin on the ball it will get over the net and then dip down onto the table.


Jennifer Portman

Jennifer Portman Posted 5 years ago

 Is there any other way of returning a fast flat topspin serve?I usually topspin in return and it works but against 1 player who's serving it really fast and low I m continuously hitting the net.Plz help


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

Hi Jennifer,

You could try to chop the ball back to change the rhythm... You could use the Backhand Chop as an option.


Jennifer Portman

Jennifer Portman Posted 5 years ago

Thank u l will try it



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