Awkward wrist angle receiving sidespin

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Last updated 8 years ago

eugene lu

eugene lu Asked 8 years ago

Hi alois,

I'm a right hander. And I have a problem receiving left spin serves like tomahawk, reverse pendulum serve backhand serve etc that comes to my forehand. I have watched your receiving secrets and understand the principles of returning spin already. But my problem is when left spin comes to my forehand, my wrist becomes very uncomfortable because I have to lay the wrist back so much. And the worst part is that it's still not enough to steer the ball back onto the table. If it comes to my backhand no problem. I can adjust it easily as it doesn't require too much wrist. Of course on right spin is the same only that the angle is reversed but still having that awkward angle.

What does the "M" means in some of your videos.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Eugene,

This is a common problem.  Everyone has one direction of spin that feels less comfortable than others.  As a left hander I used to also not like the ball coming into me on the forehand side.

I think the thing to focus o is keeping your wrist relaxed and allow yourself to adjust as much as you can.  Then practice returning that serve as much as you possibly can so that you start to get a little more comfortable with it.  The other thing that you can try is to just receive it with your backhand side, even if it comes to the forehand area of your table.

Regarding your other question, the 'M' stands for 'Member'.  We have just changed it so that the videos in the Strokes & Techniques section are all now available as long as you are a signed up member.  So even the Free members can see those.  This is to encourage people to take the step and sign up with PingSkills even with the free membership.

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eugene lu

eugene lu Posted 8 years ago

Really?!?!! Omg thanks pingskills, I've been wanting to watch those videos for a long time but can't get the premium. Those are really good information which is very valuable. Again, thank alois and Jeff. You guys are the best. KEEP IT UPlaughing

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