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How do I identify which way side spin will want to bounce off my paddle?
There are a couple of things to look for. The first is the direction the server's bat is moving when they contact the ball. If their bat is moving from your left to right, the ball will want to go right when it hits your bat and vice versa.
The next thing is to watch the flight of the ball. This is more difficult to pick up for the untrained eye. If the ball is curving from your right to left, it will want to go to the right when it hits your bat.
All of this is too much to process quickly when returning serve so it is a matter of understanding these things and then getting lots of experience returning serves.
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