Receiving Serve

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 13 years ago

julian Unknown

julian Unknown Asked 13 years ago

I lose a lot of points receiving serve. Can you give me any pointers on neutralising spin.  Is it better to try and reverse the spin being received or change it.



Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 13 years ago

Hi Julian,

Receiving sreve is the hardest part of table tennis to master.

The idea is to keep it simple.

Use your bat as a rudder to steer the ball back.  Just change the angle of the bat to change the direction the ball goes. If the ball is going off to the right, just change the angle of the bat to point to the left.

If you try to reverse the spin or change the spin it becomes too difficult.  Once you have mastered the direction you can then start to impart a little of your own spin but limit it to backspin or topspin rather than trying to put too much of your own spin on the ball.

The basic answer is steer the ball back using your rudder.

Remember this will still take a lot of time and patience to get it right. 

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