Receiving middle serves

Table Tennis Service Return

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kareem Alshami

kareem Alshami Asked 12 years ago

Dear Coach 
My name is Karim from Yemen I would like to thank you for the effort that ye do also for your reading the messages and answer what we are looking for .. I play the left hand and I have a problem with how to return the short center server where I retrieved sometimes backhand and sometimes forehand my question is when i returned in backhand and when i returned in forehand? 
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I live in the country where it does not have many table tennis players and also does not have clubs, but sometimes I find a chance to play with people from the team, but not always My question is how to keep my level or more in my case?
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I Play every day bodybuilder for an hour and swimming .. And then table tennis Is this good or not and is there are certain exercises in bodybuilding to help the table tennis?
thank you 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 12 years ago

Hi Karim,

I think in general it is better to return the centre ball with your forehand or your stronger stroke.  If the ball strays long then if you are ready on your forehand side, you will be ready to attack.

Without regular practice, it is difficult to keep your level.  We have a lesson on Practicing Alone.  This will show you some ideas of what to do when you can't find a practice partner.  A lot of these things are basic but something there may be useful.

It is good to do some physical training as well.  Take a look at our blog on Weight Training Specifically for Table Tennis and Strength Conditioning for Table Tennis.  This will give you some more ideas of what to do. 


Watch this video response to the first question titled Receiving Serves to the Middle.

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Joel Peres

Joel Peres Posted 10 years ago

Practising alone - you may want to consider using a Return Board - see for more info.

Eshaan Mishra

Eshaan Mishra Posted 10 years ago

then how should we do a forehand counter or side spin flick if the ball is pitching short

ali nader

ali nader Posted 10 years ago

Hi karim I am also from yemen

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 years ago


If the ball is short then you can play a flick shot.  You can play the sidespin flick off the short ball.  Take a look at the lesson on it.

Eshaan Mishra

Eshaan Mishra Posted 10 years ago



Ujjal Chatterjee

Ujjal Chatterjee Posted 8 years ago

Thank you Alois ang Jeff for this weeks wonderful and important training on receiving serves.

Ralf Herrmann

Ralf Herrmann Posted 8 years ago

Thanks :-) All around for your good support. Hope that your project will give you enough push for doing this on and on.
Training in a group with high differences is not so effective, like a good basic reminder from Alois and Jeff.

All best ! :-) 

Ujjal Chatterjee

Ujjal Chatterjee Posted 8 years ago

I feel that Correct anticipation of the area, where the ball will land on my side of the table, with correct amount of spin imparted by the server followed by immediate proper footwork will help the receiver to return the ball correctly.

Thanks & regards.  

kathy mckelvey

kathy mckelvey Posted 7 years ago

Since our club is inconsistant and uncooperative in many ways.   it is always refreshing to hear and watch your positive pingskills videos.  Thank you guys!!

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