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I play at work during breaks and this has been my only source of practice (I am still trying to find a club in my area). Unfortunately the people I play against are playing for fun and don't really care too much about the rules. Because of this everyone does these really strange "quickserves". Sometimes it can be unfair because I end up being unable to return the ball on their serve due to the fact that they spin the ball with their fingers as they hit it or because they extend their arms out over the table as they serve it (I yelled at one of my friends, "John, bro, your hands are almost over the net!"). Some guys have gotten good at these serves and will hit the corner of the table every time with side spin which makes it hard to return.
It can be frustrating because it makes me feel like this is just a cheap way to win a point for them. I try to serve correctly if I can (because of this I am able to do adapt my serve to the person I am playing against, for instance today I noticed a player that likes to try to smash the ball had a hard time doing so when I served it short to him with backspin). But anyways, any advice on how to beat these serves? I don't want to be a killjoy and tell them to serve correctly, but then again they probably wouldn't even be able to get the points or the spin on the ball if they did serve per ITTF regulations.
I've been getting better, but I know ultimately I need to find a club. A friend of mine who has been coaching me along even complimented me today and noticed I had been getting better.
Firstly well done on your improvement. I think you have the right attitude. It is difficult when you are playing with players that have different objectives.
Use it as good practice to return serves. Firstly make sure you are in a good balanced position before they serve. Then watch the ball really carefully from their fingers or hand, trying really hard to track the ball all the way. you will find this will almost slow the ball down for you.
It is great you are searching for a club as well. This will help greatly.
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