Returning Long sidespin serve

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 6 years ago

Marcin Lonak

Marcin Lonak Asked 6 years ago

Hello Alois, hello Jeff,

Question about top spin return of a long tomahawk serve. I just can't keep the ball on the table with straight topspin. It goes sideways and off the table because of the sidespin and are sometimes also to long. But a hooking bh or inside out fh works quite well. Is this the right answer or should I believe in the straight topspin technique and just wait until my technique gets better? 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Marcin,

I think you can do both.  To get the straight topspin shot though, you need to relax your wrist and allow it to adjust to the angle that is required to counteract the sidespin.  I often find that the tight wrist will allow the spin to take effect.  The relaxed wrist will allow a faster brushing action and also the correct angle.


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