How to identify the spin

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 11 years ago

Patrick Abad

Patrick Abad Asked 11 years ago


How to read an incoming spin on the ball?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 11 years ago

Hi Patrick,

One of the biggest factors is the experience you have had in returning these serves.

Try to watch the contact of the bat on the ball as well as the swing of your opponent.

If they come down on the ball then it will have backspin, if they come up for the contact then it will be topspin. If they brush sideways then it will have sidespin.  If they go from your left to right the ball will spin off to your right when it hits your bat and vice versa.

Take a look at our lessons on Receiving Secrets.  These will help you as well.  In those we go through with video and show you the effects of spin of different serves.

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