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I have problems on returning fast pendulum serves. When i try to hit topspin stroke i can not return the serve because they are low but when i push the ball it goes high and my friend use the third ball attack.
When your opponent serves long, the ideal response is to topspin the ball. As you've found out, if you chop the ball back your opponent will have the chance to attack first and put you on the defensive.
To topspin the ball you need to first read the spin that is on the ball. If it has some backspin, you want to play a more vertical stroke to lift the ball. If the ball has topspin, you want to play a more horizontal stroke to counter the topspin. With both these variations you want to make sure you are brushing the ball to generate your own topspin. It's the topspin that will make your stroke safer by getting the ball to dip.
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