Returning sidespin

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 8 years ago

Raresh Paunescu

Raresh Paunescu Asked 8 years ago

Hi Alois,

I have a little problem. I was playing with a friend and he always wins because his serve is very good. He serves heavy sidespin. Someone told me to topspin it back but it always goes out. What should I do? How do I return it?  I will be competing against him and can't figure out a way to return his serves.

Thanks,

Raresh


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Raresh,

Firstly work out which way the ball is going off your bat.  Then angle your bat the other way to counter the spin.  Don’t try to do too much with the ball.  Try to learn each time you hit the ball.  After a little while you will find you will get better at returning the serve.

Treat each return as a learning experience.


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Raresh Paunescu

Raresh Paunescu Posted 8 years ago

Thanks Alois! Your answer really helped. I will be competing today. Probably against him so wish me luck. :D


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Hey good luck… Let us know how you get on.


Raresh Paunescu

Raresh Paunescu Posted 8 years ago

Thanks. I almost won. Second place. But it's my first tournament so I think I did good. The final was against that guy and he defeated me 3-2 but it was a good match. Your advices really helped. :D thanks


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Well done Raresh.  Now keep working hard and you will keep improving even more.  Try to practice this in training whenever you get a chance to play with someone with good serves.


Ayesha Noon

Ayesha Noon Posted 8 years ago

Is it good to use a block to return a sidespin?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

It is difficult to block the sidespin.  Probably better to topspin it.


Ayesha Noon

Ayesha Noon Posted 8 years ago

So a counterhit would work?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

It is better to topspin.


Ayesha Noon

Ayesha Noon Posted 8 years ago

So I should use a more vertical stroke?


Ayesha Noon

Ayesha Noon Posted 8 years ago

Thanks. I'll do that.


redzuan yaakob

redzuan yaakob Posted 8 years ago

Hi coach..can i do chop toreturn the sidespin serve rather tha topspin?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

You can.  If the ball is short especially, it is good to chop it back.


Oscar Moe Myint

Oscar Moe Myint Posted 8 years ago

How about snap hit to the ball?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

You can flick the ball but if there is a lot of backspin it will be risky.



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