Returning the Tomahawk serve

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 9 years ago

jasper nokkosmaki

jasper nokkosmaki Asked 10 years ago

Hi jeff and alois 

My friend do a tomahawk serve it´s very good.

When i return the serve it go outside the table. 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi Jasper,

You need to watch which way the ball goes when you hit it.  If it goes to the left then you need to angle your bat to face the right,  If it goes to the right then you need to face the bat to the left.  

For the Tomahawk serve from a right hander the ball will spin off to your left after you hit it, so face your bat to the right.  If it goes into the net then angle your bat up a little.  If it goes too high, angle your bat down a little more.

If you persevere with it you will start to learn the correct angle to use to get the ball back on the table. 

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AmekunRaiane Rivadeneira

AmekunRaiane Rivadeneira Posted 10 years ago

hmmmm had the same problem .... especially when the serve has been done very quickly

my solution is to return it wid another tomahawk

an eye for an eye if u catch my drift *wink :D

just brush the ball the same way your opponent did

try it :)

Andrea Marino

Andrea Marino Posted 10 years ago

Alois, the principles you tought in the video answer are good and very well explained (as always).

But you're a left hand player, and I found really difficult for me, a right hand not-high level player, to correctly return a tomahawk service that bounces on my forehand. I have to twist my hand in an unnatural position to counter the side effect and still trying to keep the ball low. Expecially if it's a short service that I can't loop.


Siddhartha Raja

Siddhartha Raja Posted 9 years ago

i am a left handed player and when the serve is short i make a forehand flick and it is very effective and when my friend put topspin  on the serve i loop the ball with no problem

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