Short side spin serve

Table Tennis Service Return

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rana prathap

rana prathap Asked 9 years ago

I have a friend who does short side spin serves really well. He mixes it up so well that most of the times, I end up playing it in the wrong direction. If I play it with loose hands and try to keep it at the middle, it simply fly out of the side of the table. How can we effectively return such serves without having to pre-judge the direction of spin? 

thanks in advance


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Rana,

It is important to be able to understand the type of spin.  This will come with more practice.

Use the angle of your racket to return the ball.  Watch to see what is happening each time you try to return it.  Angle your bat more or less each time to get the ball to where you want it to go.

We have a lot more information in our series of lessons on Receiving Secrets.


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rana prathap

rana prathap Posted 9 years ago

I was trying to do that. But he mixes it so well that it becomes really difficult. Now I know I need more practice, and will work on it. 

thank you


Frendy Halim

Frendy Halim Posted 9 years ago

I have a problem on this too so, they serve a pure short sidespin wihout any backspin on it, i try to just adjust the angle of my bat and make it flat but the ball still go down to net but it has no backspin on it and when i try to open my bat and push it, the ball go away just like sidespin and you know it's difficult to adjust the angle of the bat with that open bat position as i can't close the place where the ball will go please help me on this !

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Maybe there is a slight variation of the serve each time that you have to watch for.


Frendy Halim

Frendy Halim Posted 9 years ago

Ok then, i'll practice more thanks


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