Returning sidespin serve

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 6 years ago

susheel kumar

susheel kumar Asked 6 years ago

Can i return any length side spin serve with a forhand/ backhand  push/chop. I find it very difficult to read and return side spin serve. So what is best strategy i can use.  


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Susheel,

I think one way is to get a training partner to just serve to you for about 20 minutes.  Get them to serve all different ways.  Watch the ball really carefully and make sure you are getting into position to make the return.

If the serve is coming long, think about making a topspin stroke rather than a push or chop.  This will put you in a stronger position in the rally.


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susheel kumar

susheel kumar Posted 6 years ago

many thanks alois. that was usefull but what do i do for a short side spin serve which iam not able to read properly. and is there a standard stroke which i can use for any kind of side spin.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Hi Susheel,

You need to learn with each return.  You can push the short serve but you need to get the feel of what type of spin and how much spin is on the ball.  With that you alter the angle of your bat slightly depending on the spin.  This is a long process but the more attention you pay to the result of your return the quicker it will be.



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