Attacking Plain Topspin Serves

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 5 years ago

Faseeh Irfan

Faseeh Irfan Asked 6 years ago


I always seem to be having trouble attacking plain Topspin Serves my friends give me in games as they know i can't return them well. Pls help me as I just can't figure out the bat angle and instead of attacking the serve I just lob it in the air and my opponent smashes for the point.

Would be awesome for you to reply ASAP as i have a tournament in 3 days. Wish me luck!


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Faseeh,

The first thing is to not try to do too much with it.  You need to play a topspin stroke back and place the ball well.  As you get more comfortable with the stroke you can speed it up slightly but a mistake a lot of players make is to try and hit the ball way too hard.

Good luck with your tournament.  Focus on playing well rather than the results.

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Johan B

Johan B Posted 6 years ago

 Sounds like a simple counter hit or block to keep the ball low would be good short term advice..

Jean Balthazar

Jean Balthazar Posted 6 years ago

Those serves are actually not that easy to deal with. They put you under pressure because you know that if you return them too weakly, there's a good chance you'll get punished on the third ball. Alois gave you the best long term development way to go. If you're getting really frustrated and if the serves are long, an occasional alternative can be to chop the ball. It's not as efficient as a good topspin return generally, but it's still better than a lob ball.


D K Posted 6 years ago


Jean, I did not think that someone will mention the chop option sooner than me :D

Though,I usually block that serve


D K Posted 6 years ago

or better said,I would block it if I was an attacker

Ujjal Chatterjee

Ujjal Chatterjee Posted 6 years ago

As you said 'Good ready position' will help to return a top spin serve with a proper placement.laughing

kathy mckelvey

kathy mckelvey Posted 5 years ago

Yes ,  trying to keep the ball as low as possible works for me!!  thank you!!

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