Last updated on 08-Mar-2012 12:22:15 PM
I recently played in a tournament where a player had a side spin serve. However, the spin was so heavy that I kept chopping/pushing the ball out to the left of the table (out of bounds). We were tied in a game to 11 at 5-5 but he ended up winning the game 11-6 since he served to me that same heavy side spin serve about 4 times in the match (on which I could not return with a back hand push and a chop)
Do you have any suggestions on what action I should use against such a serve? Do I need a special/strong rubber to counter heavy side spins?
I love your advice on other questions and would definitely appreicate if you shed some light onto this situation.
The key is to angle your bat so that the ball then moves more to the right.
Use your bat like a rudder to steer the ball over to where you want it to go and counter where the spin is taking it.
Keep it that simple and you will start to learn how to counter such sidespin serves.
Remember it is a frustrating thing to do because it takes our brains a while to adjust. It will happen eventually and you will wonder what all the fuss was about.