Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 10 years ago

Justin O'Toole

Justin O'Toole Asked 10 years ago

Is it better to stand closer to the table rather than far away or in between? I have noticed people that stand very faraway from the table especially defenders have trouble with other peoples serves. They generally have trouble with topspin and much more trouble with very short serves with heavy backspin-underspin.

The reason for their trouble with very short backspin-underspin serves is they are too far away and have trouble picking up the serves because they are short and have oodles of backspin. So is it better to stand up to the table on your service return and for all your other shots?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi Justin,

In general stand where you can just touch the table.  Some players feel more comfortable a little further away and some closer.  Just see what feels best for you.

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