Returning a sidespin serve

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 8 years ago

Christian Habis

Christian Habis Asked 8 years ago


Lately i have been having problems when it comes to returning sidespin serves. My friend usually does a pendulum serve, which is generally sidespin, but im finding it hard to return them. Either the ball goes off the table or into the net... awarding him easy points.

Any tips for receiving and returning sidepsin serves?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Christian,

The spin will take the ball one way or the other.  The idea is to angle your bat away from that side to counteract the spin on the ball.  Don’t try to do too much with the return until you get the feel of this angle.

We have a detailed section on returning serves on our site.  Take a look at what is available in our Premium sections of Receiving Secrets.

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Dakota Castleberg

Dakota Castleberg Posted 8 years ago

Alios, if you have the ball height or if it bounces off the edge of the table, you recommend using topspin to counter sidespin, correct?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Yes it is probably the most effective way to get yourself in to an attacking position.

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