Position For Receiving A Serve

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 9 years ago

Tim Pan

Tim Pan Asked 9 years ago

Hi,Alois and Jeff,

I was just wondering what the receiving position for a Shakehand player is.I'm not talking about the way we should be facing the table or anything,but the way we should hold our bats.Before,I was a Pengrip player,and I had no problem with my bat receiving position.However,ever since I changed to Shakehand,I tend to hold my bat with the backhand side of the bat facing the opponent just left to the cross-over point.  This is because I tend to use my backhand more than my forehand. However, when I use this position,I find it just about impossible to topspin any long serves to my forehand,as I cannot topspin backhand.Do you have any tips on the angle and position of the bat before a rally?  By the way,your videos are great,why did you stop making them?  Keep them coming!


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Tim,

I like to have the bat in a neutral position so neither forehand nor backhand facing forward.  This gives me the best chance to make a shot from either side.  Try this out. By doing this you will be able to topspin those balls with your forehand rather than relying so heavily on your backhand.

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Rahul Kumar

Rahul Kumar Posted 9 years ago

well if you are already used to the penhold grip then you shouldnt have changed into the shakehand. For what reason you changed the grip?



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