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Hi, I recently just joined a table tennis club that consists of mostly adults and one person will barely touch the ball but put tons of spin on it, sometimes backspin, and sometimes topspin!! How do I read the spin and the amount of spin to be able to return it?
This is always the biggest problem players face when they get into a club and play seasoned players.
Firstly, watch the contact of the ball really carefully. See if you can tell which direction the bat is travelling when he actually makes contact with the ball. This will give you your first clue.
Secondly watch the flight of the ball. A topspin ball will tend to bounce a little higher, a backspin ball will skid through slightly and a sidespin ball will curve in the air.
Your third clue is what happens when you hit the ball and the direction it takes off in. If it goes up then it was topspin and so on. You may say, well that is too late. It certainly is for that serve however every time you hit those serves your brain is recording what is happening and will adjust slowly.
Unfortunately, this is a long process and one that frustrates a lot of players. Keep going through it and soon enough you will find yourself out the other side of this.
For more tips of Receiving serves we also have the full series of lessons on Receiving Secrets.
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