No spin serve

Table Tennis Serving

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Judah Cagas

Judah Cagas Asked 11 years ago

Hi coaches,

I have been serving backspin on my serve I know its right but when my opponent lifts it up it didn't pop up but just high(stomach level) enough to be loop drived.Then I served again exactly the same motion and the angle I hit the ball when my opponent learned from the past serve he did quite closed his racket and when he received it the ball went down to the net.So what exactly is the spin on the first serve?

p.s. i will really love the first serve because when learn to do that i get easy balls back combined with heavy backspin.

Thank you,


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi Judah,

The first serve would have had less spin that the opponent did not see.  The key is to have a variation between backspin and less spin on the serve.  This will make it difficult for them to keep the ball low back to you all the time.


Watch the video response to this question titled Table Tennis Serve Variations.

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Mihir Lanjewar

Mihir Lanjewar Posted 10 years ago

but i am not able to know the difference between the two serves. please explain in more detail.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 years ago

Take another look at the video.  You will see that in one there is a brushing action with the other there is a flat contact.  It is a subtle variation that with some practice you will be able to do.  Try to experiment with it and see if you can get a different contact with the serve.

Ken Memoria

Ken Memoria Posted 9 years ago

how to contact the ball with no spin?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

The contact needs to be flatter for the no spin.  So instead of brushing the ball on contact, hit it flat.

Kaustubh Kulkarni

Kaustubh Kulkarni Posted 8 years ago

So is it a good idea to return no spin with a counterhit, a block or a punch?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

If the serve is short, use a flick and if the serve is long, use a topspin.

Jon Ferguson

Jon Ferguson Posted 8 years ago

One way to gauge how much spin you are putting on the ball is to mark a few balls with a Nikko Oil Marker (Texta Pen).

Just put a few fairly large circles or dots on the balls, and you will easily see how much spin you're producing with your serves.

It's also a good idea to do the same when your practice partner is serving to you, so you can more easily judge the spin coming to you.

louie icko

louie icko Posted 8 years ago

ohh ok


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