Receiving fast sidespin serve

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 5 years ago


JOYOTOSH DEY Asked 5 years ago

I am really grateful to your site.  Through your lessons now I can receive short spin serves well.  But I fumble if someone serves fast sidespin.  I tried to block, push or even hitting back a top spin, but I fail.  In a game I lose points and eventually lose the game.  Please help.  I am still not confident with flicks.  I am using Yasaka Mark-V on both sides.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 years ago

Hi Joyotosh,

Glad that you are improving your return of short serves.

The faster sidespin serves can be tricky because they can vary between having a little backspin or topspin as well as the sidespin.  Watching the contact and flight are key here.

If they are fast and long then use a topspin stroke rather than a flick.  Take a look at this tutorial on Returning a Long Sidespin Serve.  I think it will help.


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