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I've been having trouble returning a short heavy sidespin and backspin service from a player who likes to place it to my backhand. When I tried pushing it short to his backhand or forehand, he would flick it back and end up winning the point. He is also very proficient at looping on both sides so pushing it long is out of the question. I've tried to banana flick (backhand sidespin flick) but the ball would go into the net since the backspin was so heavy and the ball was so low. He told me that I should try to contact the ball (when performing the banana flick) on the side to generate the sidespin and avoid the heavy backspin but I don't see how the physics would work in returning it? Is this the correct method to perform the flick against heavy underspin?
Take a look at the lesson we have on the Backhand Sidespin Flick. This will help you with it. Hitting the ball on the side will get the sidespin happening and also doesn't put the full force of the backspin into the rubber.
This is a very difficult shot. I would tend to work more on the short push and developing touch with it so that you can return a backspin serve effectively short. To do this you need a very relaxed hand and you don't give the stroke any forward momentum as the backspin will send the ball back as long as you have the right angle on your racket.
Take a look at the video response to this question titled Returning a Heavy Underspin Serve.
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