Tomahawk Return

Table Tennis Service Return

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kieran bean

kieran bean Asked 9 years ago

Hi guys,

Im having trouble reading topspin and backspin from the tomahawk serve, Is there a way i could see what spin my opponent is putting on it, like any things i should look out for when receiving the serve?.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Keiran,

The tomahawk is one of the more difficult serve to tell because the change in the serve is subtle.  The main thing to watch for is the angle of their bat on contact.  If it is slightly under the ball then it will be backspin, if it is slightly on top then it will be topspin.  As I said the difference is very subtle, just a matter of a few degrees on their bat.

the other thing to watch for is where on their swing they contact the ball.  If it is on the upward part of the swing then it is topspin and if it is on the downward part of the swing then it is backspin.

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kieran bean

kieran bean Posted 9 years ago

Thanks a lot Alois, I really appreciate the help! 

Also would learning the serve potentially help me understand the serve more, learning it maybe to a basic level, not match play level.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Learning the serve would definitely help you to understand it.  You will get a feel for what I am talking about and also see the effect of the ball.  When you are learning the serve, watch each serve you do and see what path the ball takes.  This will help you to understand the different spins you are getting.

kieran bean

kieran bean Posted 9 years ago

I'll get to it and report back on my progress!. Thanks again

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