Reading serves

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 9 years ago


ASHOK RATHOD Asked 9 years ago

How to differentiate a top spin versus under spin serve? 

How to return a left sidespin? Do I hit it left? How to read it ? 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Ashok,

First try to watch the contact of the serve on the bat.  Then watch the flight of the ball in the air.  A topspin serve will dip quickly whereas a backspin serve will tend to float a little more.

Take a look at our lessons in our Receiving Secrets section for some more tips on how to recognise spin and then what to do with it once you know what type of spin is on the ball.

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