Receiving serve before year 2000

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 6 years ago

Yap Zhi De

Yap Zhi De Asked 6 years ago

Hi Alois

I am curious about how you return serves before the year 2000 when a new rule says that you cannot block the contact of the ball when serving. Before that you cannot watch the contact of the ball as your opponent may have blocked the contact with their arm.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Yap,

I think because players didn't have the contact to rely on, they used to watch the flight of the ball more closely and adapted.


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Yap Zhi De

Yap Zhi De Posted 6 years ago

I know that you are an athlete before the year 2000 representing Australia, so can you tell me how you watch the flight of the ball more closely and adapted? So in future, if I did not see the contact well, I can watch the flight of the ball.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

This comes with experience.  When you are forced to watch the ball in flight you start to pick up subtle differences. The backspin will float more, the topspin will dip more, the sidespin will curve.


Yap Zhi De

Yap Zhi De Posted 6 years ago

Sorry, but I don't know what you mean by "The backspin will float more, the topspin will dip more"


D K

D K Posted 6 years ago

Backspin fights gravity force,so it will fall slightly slower.

Topspin cooperates with gravity,so it will fall a bit faster.


Yap Zhi De

Yap Zhi De Posted 6 years ago

Thanks for the information, D K


D K

D K Posted 6 years ago

It is the only way for me to differ the spins.
My eyes are too bad to watch opponent's bat at it speed.

But be careful,my experience is that a sidespin weakens both effects.
That means that it is more difficult to differ backspin from topspin if they are combined with sidespin.


Yap Zhi De

Yap Zhi De Posted 6 years ago

Thanks alot for the information. Why don't you wear a glasses so that you can see clearly at the opponent's bat?


D K

D K Posted 6 years ago

I wear a glasses....but this works only with static things...it does not help me with seeing fast movement.

If you want to discuss this please write me on "great-polis@seznam.cz",I do not want to spam PingSkills answers with this again.



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