How to counter a side spin serve?

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 11 years ago

Ganesh Desai

Ganesh Desai Asked 11 years ago

It is really tough to counter a side spin serve, Exactly the serve which Jeff has shown in the DVD. The ball always goes off the table when that is served. So can you please help me sort out this problem. Pingskills is helping me in correcting my mistakes and learn many new interesting things which help me in my play! Thank to you!

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb Answered 11 years ago

Hi Ganesh,

It sounds like you are half way to solving the problem yourself. You have already noticed that the ball always goes off the table. Now you need to angle your bat to counter the sidespin and direct the ball back onto the table.

Have a look at James' question on combating side spin serves and see if you can follow the advice I gave in that answer about how to practice returning this type of serve. 


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