Around the net

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

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Jason  Bui

Jason Bui Asked 1 year ago

How exactly do you return an around a net. Most players find it difficult. I just don’t know how Waldner did it from Liu Guliaing. How to return it?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 year ago

Hi Jason,

Returning an around the net shot is difficult mainly because of the height of the bounce and also it often has some sidespin on it.

You see a lot of players return it with what looks like a push stroke.  However, with that push you need to also allow for the sidespin on the ball by angling your racket sideways and then you need to also have the feel to be able to angle it enough backwards or forwards depending on the amount of sidespin and or topspin on the ball.

You can also try and topspin the ball if you have time.  Remember to allow for the sidespin and the height of the ball.  It often requires more lift than you first imagine.

Waldner was a magician with incredible ability to feel the ball and read what spin and speed was on the ball.  This sort of ability doesn't come without many hours and years of seeing different balls and in different situations.

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Jasper Low

Jasper Low Posted 1 year ago

If it rolls across the table, that's impossible to return literally 

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