Cues for Receiving Serve

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 9 years ago

Josha Matthewman

Josha Matthewman Asked 10 years ago

Hi Jeff and Alois,

I was wondering if there are any signs to look for when the opponent serves to show if they are going to do a long serve or short?

Thanks

Josha 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi Josha,

The best sign would be in the backswing.  If the player doesn't have very advanced serves the bigger the backswing the faster the ball will be coming.

However, the real key is to watch the ball as carefully as possible because until the player hits the ball they can basically do anything so watching and tracking the ball is your best indicator.

The more you play against a particular player the more cues you will pick up about their serves.  This may take a long time to pick up against each player that you play.  Each player will have different cues to give away the type of serve they are about to do. 


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jasper nokkosmaki

jasper nokkosmaki Posted 10 years ago

hi

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 10 years ago

Hi Jasper!

Jonathan Huynh

Jonathan Huynh Posted 9 years ago

what if your opponent fakes a short for a long and vic verser?

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

If you are watching the ball only then there is no such thing as a fake.  Try to track the ball well rather than watching anything else.


bryan george

bryan george Posted 9 years ago

So Jeff is an Olympic player and Alois is a coach.Am i right?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Yep, you are right.


Jonathan Huynh

Jonathan Huynh Posted 9 years ago

how olympics did you go to alois? and jeff too?


Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Hi Jonathan,

I went to the Sydney 2000 Olympics and Alois coached at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and the 2012 Paralympic Games.


Jonathan Huynh

Jonathan Huynh Posted 9 years ago

COOL!

 



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