I have struggled with receiving serves wide to the f/hand, where the ball hits the table at say mid-depth, and only bounces once, but then drops off the right side of the table. I know this is a problem against left-handers, so I always receive closer to centre of table against them. But the last two opponents have both been right-handers, and I've still had trouble.
I wanted to attack first, but found looping awkward and not a percentage shot. I ended up scrambling around the side of the table, and not just not being able to attack, but actually making it easy for the opponent. In the end, I just pushed the ball back and tried to stay out of trouble.
The next week it was a different opponent, but same problem. I saw an international in action playing against the same serve. He did a slow loop with his f/hand, and then his opponent, being ready, loop-killed the ineffective loop. I'm not a great looper, so if a top player (with a better loop) cannot handle these angled serves, what should I do?
I have also played a leftie a while ago, and he got an advantage serving the ball so it went around the left side of the table. Again, I couldn't attack (with b/hand), and was out of position. The player knew he had an advantage. The right-handed opponent served a forehand to my wide forehand, while the leftie served a forehand wide to my backhand.
Similar problem: hard to attack, hard to play safe, hard not to get out of position. Any ideas?
and Alois Rosario said...
This can be a difficult ball. I find that if you get your footwork right you are half way there. When we step around the corner of the table you can move one foot out wide. If the ball is wide to the backhand you need to move your left leg out as wide as the ball is coming. Similarly if the ball is going wide to the forehand you need to move your right leg wide out to the width of the ball. This one wide step allows you to get back into position easily.
You can let the ball drop but one of the keys here is that you need to make the topspin return either low or spinny or both. Also look to position the ball well. You won't be able to hit the ball fast from that position so placement is vital. I guess it requires a bit of touch to get it right.