Serving heavy backspin

Table Tennis Serving

Last updated 8 years ago

Paul Foo

Paul Foo Asked 8 years ago

Hi Alois,

Please tell me how to serve a spinny backspin service. 

I bend my knees, turn my waist during the service to add more power, and i swing my arm too. My forearm is bent at a right angle and my wrist is locked, to ensure that i do not end up serving sidespin. However, i realise that the top players around me are serving heavier backspin services than i am. How do I generate heavy spin?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Paul,

The main amount of spin comes from the wrist action.  Relax the wrist so that it moves through freely but keep the end of your bat up higher to ensure you are contacting the base of the ball rather than the side.

Relax through the contact and try to just brush the bottom directly.  A good way to practice this is away from the table.  On the floor see if you can get the ball to come back towards you.  It doesn't matter how far away it goes to start with as long as it stops and then comes back.  If you can do this try to get the ball to travel a less distance before it comes back to you.  Once you can get it to travel roughly the distance between you and the net then you can move onto the table and give it a try remembering to focus still on the contact.


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