Choice of backhand or forehand on short game

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Musaab Musaab

Musaab Musaab Asked 1 week ago

Dear coach,

I watch a lot of videos and I know for sure after applying that to my own game, there is a preferred blade side to serve return depending on the incoming serve. A popular example is the forehand short push return to the regular pendulum serve. Even when it is side/topspin that return will make the ball go a little high but there is still vicious underspin on it that some opponents put it directly into the net. No coach ever told me that and I can't find anything about it on the web either, just pattern recognition while watching pros videos.

I wonder whats your input on this , I even feel there is more layers to it, I'm talking about the third,fourth and fifth ball on the short-to-short game that there is a preferred side (forehand or backhand) return.

N.B. In all this I'm assuming two right-handed players and balls are on the middle of the table


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 week ago

Hi Musaab,

This is a personal preference. Each player will feel more comfortable with one side or their other however there is no rule to it. 


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Musaab Musaab

Musaab Musaab Posted 6 days ago

Hi Alois and thanks for your answer. I think I miss-spoke , English is not my first nor second language. I know it is not a personal preference because all the pros are doing it the same way. I think I couldn't draw the exact picture for you. Thanks again though.



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