Flat long serve

Table Tennis Service Return

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Ian Costello

Ian Costello Asked 10 years ago

Hi Alois,

I have a very important question because it's quite weird why it happens. So imagine I'm playing a neighbor and he's about to serve a long, flat serve to my forehand and serves it out of his hand, which is illegal, but I take it easy on the rules and I seem to miss it and hit it into the net. And when I try to brush it, I end up swinging to vertical, and it goes off the table. Also, when it drops low, it again, goes off the table. When it goes to my backhand, same problem.

P.S It would be awesome if you could include a video.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi Ian,

When the ball comes fast it feels like it has more backspin than it has.  The ball just feels heavier.  You need to brush the ball with more topspin in this case.  

There needs to be a compromise between vertical and contacting the ball.  If it is too vertical then it is more difficult to contact the ball because you are only crossing paths with the ball for a very short time.

Keep woking on this technique of brushing the ball and it will get better.

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Ian Costello

Ian Costello Posted 10 years ago

So you mean to brush over the ball always? And what if it's dropping low?

Shivam Aggarwal

Shivam Aggarwal Posted 9 years ago

well i would say watch his hands and whenever the serve is long try spinning the ball with a short hand and brush it as much as you can as the ball has the neccessary speed to take it over the net.

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