Advantage for Reverse Sidespin Serves

Table Tennis Serving

Last updated 5 months ago

Hin Cheang

Hin Cheang Asked 5 months ago

Hi Coach,

I understand the basic of reverse sidespin serve would force the ball to fly towards the server's forehand side if the receiver does not angle the bat correctly.

I have also seen people saying forehand attackers would use regular sidespins (mix with back and top spins) as their main service, due to the direction of the curve from the receiver is easier to use forehand with. Also, the ball would more likely go back to the server's backhand side so they can stay on the far backhand side to use their forehand more effectively.

So what is the advantage of using reverse sidespin serve (mix with back and top spins) in terms of game construction? What playstyle should use this type of serve more often and what playstyle shouldn't? 

Thank you


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 months ago

Hi Hin,

It is just another serve that you can have.  Some players are going to be able to control their return better or worse against the Reverse serve.

The their of it coming to you forehand is OK against a beginner but against a higher level opponent it is more about how well they read the ball spinning in that direction.

Develop the serve and see when you can utilise it against different opponents.


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