Last updated on 13-Apr-2008 01:28:11 AM
When you're serving, I've been told that you can get different amounts of spin on the ball depending on the point of contact. If this is true, what part of the rubber should I hit the ball for a heavy spin serve? (ie. heavy backspin, sidespin).
Also, how would I counter a long serve with heavy side spin? Would I have to loop in a certain direction?
There are hitting points on the bat that help with different spins. We will cover these in our new DVD on serving coming out shortly.
Here is a basic outline however. For backspin it is better to hit the ball at the end of your bat and topspin nearer the handle. Sidespin is better somewhere in between.
Watch out for the new Serving DVD for a more detalied explanation.
For the return of serve, the best option for most long serves is to topspin. By brushing the ball on contact you will negate the spin as long as you brush it finely. This will give the return its own direction. You may have to angle the bat slightly to counter the sidespin. Don't think about hitting in a certain direction but focus more on using the angle of your bat to hit it wherever you want to.