Service return help

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 8 years ago

Matt M

Matt M Asked 8 years ago

Hi guys, please can you give me some advice on playing a good return of serve and reading an opponents serve, I think this is my biggest weakness and I lose many of my games because of this 1 problem, I dread looking at my opponent's at the other side of the table all using crazy spinny serves that I have no idea what to do with, I either go into the net or miss the table, and even when I return them a lot of the time it is too high and they can just smash the ball past me, I have tried everything and it is very frustrating, a lot of the time I just hit the ball hard and hope for the best, but this only works rarely, also do you have any advice on how to make my own serves more effective, I do have a good range of skinny serves but I don't know when to use each serve and I tend to just play them at random to mix things up, any help is appreciated. Thanks.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Matt,

Big question.  Learning to recognise spin is the first step.  With this you need to watch the contact of their serve.  Then it is a matter of learning the angle of you racket that you need to return that spin.

We have 2 whole sections of our site dedicated to these two topics.  Receiving Secrets and Serving Secrets.

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