Problem with returning sidespin service

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 5 years ago

Kaushik Chakraborty

Kaushik Chakraborty Asked 5 years ago

Hi Alois/Jeff,

I have noticed that I have a problem with sidespin service. Sometimes an opponent would give the ball both sidespin and topspin, and sometimes backspin and sidespin and also vary the length of the ball making it very difficult to return the service.  Sometimes the return goes high and out of the table and sometimes hits the net. How do I improve my game against such serves?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 years ago

Hi Kaushik,

This is also to do with the angle of your bat.

If there is topspin on the ball you need to angle the bat over the ball more and with backspin, angle it up more to counteract the backspin.

As part of our Premium lessons we have a lesson on Receiving Principles that would help our Premium members as well.


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