Returning Position

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 10 years ago

Atanas Atanasov

Atanas Atanasov Asked 10 years ago

Hi Alois! Hi Jeff!

I've got a problem with returning serves-I don't know where should I be when my opponent is serving. My dad told me that I have to be in my basic ready position and my friend told me that I have to be in my backhand corner. I noticed that players like Simon Gerada (I'm his fan) are in their backhand corner when their opponent is serving. I try to stay in my basic ready position but my opponent serves wide in my backhand corner. I try to stay there but then he serves wide in my forehand corner. I have watched your video about the basic ready position and I know that I have to stay in my backhand corner if he serves from the right hander's BH corner. However, then he serves wide in my FH corner. I am sorry if I have language mistakes but I'm from Bulgaria and I don't know the grammar so well.




Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi Nasko,

Your positioning for the return of serve depends a lot on your ability and preferences as well.

Simon likes to be wide on his backhand corner but he moves well to be able to cover the wide ball on his forehand as well.

You should stay more towards the middle of the table so that you cna reach both sides equally as well. 

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