Returning Sidespin serves with some backspin

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 6 years ago

Christian Habis

Christian Habis Asked 6 years ago

Hello Alois and Jeff,

When it comes to sidespin serves, i generally change the angle of my bat depending on the sidepin on the ball and this has been working out well for me, but sometimes i see top players returning a sidespin serve with backspin using a push.

When i try to push a sidespin serve, the ball goes up too high, and the resultant is an attacking stroke from my opponent.  Any suggestions?

Thank you!


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Christian,

Your opponents are probably using sidespin with some topspin which is causing the ball to go up higher.

If there is some backspin then it will be easier to get the ball lower.  It is a matter of being able to read that spin as well.


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Christian Habis

Christian Habis Posted 6 years ago

Is there no way to push a sidespin serve that does not have topspin or backspin?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Yes you can push this as well.  You need to have your bat quite vertical for this.  Just if it has topspin it is more difficult to keep the ball low.


Christian Habis

Christian Habis Posted 6 years ago

Ok i will try this. Thank you!


D K

D K Posted 6 years ago

This is more of a chopblock rather than a true push,isn't it,Alois? :(


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

It is still a push stroke.  A chop block is more against a topspin stroke.


D K

D K Posted 6 years ago

Is it?

OK


Tushar Verma

Tushar Verma Posted 6 years ago

How to return the same spin while service return?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Hi Tushar,

You can also try to use the flick to return it if it has some topspin. Forehand Flick



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