How to return a fast long topspin serve

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 7 years ago

leonardo gabica

leonardo gabica Asked 8 years ago

Hi Alois,

Firstly,I am really grateful in your free videos and i have became an intermediate player because of it.

Alois, i am playing with someone that has a really fast long topspin serve, and i find it hard to return, i can sometimes return it but the ball goes really high enough to make the killer smash, so alois, can you give me some information to block this kind of serve :)


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Leonardo,

You can just counterhit it back using the topspin on the ball already.  You should try to attack the ball if they serve long topspin.

Once you get the speed and placement you should be able to attack it.

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Gabriel Casado

Gabriel Casado Posted 7 years ago

Dear Alois.

Good Morning.

Im very glad with your training sesions, I have improved a lot.

A lot of player at my level serve with long topsping and I just can block the ball and with good result until now.

But the really thing is that I would like to start to attack the topsping serve.

which is the secret o the work i have to do to be able to hit and not blocking the balls?

Thank you very much in advance.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

Hi Gabriel,

Think about making a topspin on this long serve.  Focus on playing the stroke correctly.  You don't need to hit the ball to hard to stay with, just get the technique right.  If you commit to doing this each time the serve comes long, you will soon improve your return.

Gabriel Casado

Gabriel Casado Posted 7 years ago

Hello Alois,

Good Morning!

I was trying to do what you suggested me in your previous response during all week, my service return had improved, but I lost a lot of shots.

Yerterday, in my last week sesion I made one step behind in the reception and I improved a little more the long serve returns. It was possible for me to make the right technic, i had more time. On the other hand, In short services, I made one step forward without any problems in the returns.

I think that I was receiving so near to the tennis table and it was not possible to make all the swing and only block were possible.

1- Think in making the right technic.
2 - One step behind on the serve reception ( 1 meter from foot to the end tennis table line)

One again thank for you....


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

Well done Gabriel.  It sounds like you have made doe good discoveries for yourself.  Keep working hard.

Gabriel Casado

Gabriel Casado Posted 7 years ago

Yeah! today I won my first tournament. Im very glad! thank you very much! 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

All good news!

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