Dealing with a heavy topspin tomahawk serve

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 7 years ago

Jasper Wong

Jasper Wong Asked 8 years ago

Dear Alois,

I am wondering how can I return a heavy topspin tomahawk serve. In my club, there is a guy who always serve with a heavy topspin tomahawk serve and every time when I push it very firmly, it just bounce off the table.

Please help me

Jasper


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Jasper,

For a topspin serve you should play an attacking stroke rather than a push.  You don’t need to do much but play over the ball to make the return more easily.


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Jasper Wong

Jasper Wong Posted 8 years ago

Hi Alois, 

 I tried counterhit it and topspin it. It still gone into the net. But thanks for your comment


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Is your rubber ok?


Jasper Wong

Jasper Wong Posted 8 years ago

Hi Alois,

 The racket that I am using is X3002 pre-made racket and I think it the rubber is ok


Jasper Wong

Jasper Wong Posted 8 years ago

Hi Alois, 

  My father is a greater table tennis player than I am, but he suggested me to pull the ball up to generate mild backspin. Is this stroke ok? 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Hi Jasper,

I am not sure what you mean but, if you are putting it up higher with backspin you may win some points against lower level players but as you play better players they will be able to put it away.


Jasper Wong

Jasper Wong Posted 8 years ago

I mean dragging the ball up.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

If the ball goes high I don’t think this is a good tactic against better players.


Jasper Wong

Jasper Wong Posted 7 years ago

I used a counter hit and it worked!



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