Return short topspin serve to forehand

Table Tennis Service Return

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lawrence harvey

lawrence harvey Asked 5 years ago

Hi Alois,

I've found a particular serve very difficult to return safely - the short heavy topspin to the forehand side.

Not many people serve this ball well, but I've met 2 who can get me every time with it. I just can't flick it without giving the server a lollipop to attack, I can't push it, and it's far too short for me to drive or loop. Whenever I try to flick it, I am unable to close the face of my bat when I extend my wrist back, so the ball goes up. I reviewed your video for the flick again because it's been a true pearl for me with dealing with the short backspin serve. But still, this movement is not in my wrist.

Also, I just can't understand why I have no problem with this serve on my backhand ?? Does it mean my grip is not neutral ?

What are your thoughts on this serve?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 years ago

Hi Lawrence,

The flick is the best answer.  It may be your grip that is the problem or think about just rotating your forearm forward so that you are coming over the ball.

Let me know how that goes.


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Jean Balthazar

Jean Balthazar Posted 5 years ago

Just to be sure, do you use similar rubbers on your forehand and backhand ?


lawrence harvey

lawrence harvey Posted 5 years ago

Hi Jean, 

 yes I'm using the same rubber on both sides. But in truth, I generally get to this area of the table late so I'm a bit stretched on the return and that makes the spin effect greater.



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