Receiving flat serves

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 8 years ago

Bhushan Poojary

Bhushan Poojary Asked 8 years ago


I face issue when ball is tossed high up, and later I am not in position to make out if the serve is counter (flat) or chop service.

How to know which one the server used?

Because if I chop the normal flat serve its goes on top and the opponent finish the next ball.



Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Bhushan,

For the flat serve, you need to brush down on the ball.  You can also try to flick this ball.  However recognising the spin is the key.

With the high toss, watch the ball but then particularly watch the contact point.  This is crucial to recognising the type of spin that is on the ball.

Take a look through the lessons in the Receiving Secrets course.  In there we show you the way to recognise spin and also to counteract it.

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