How much spin am I getting

Table Tennis Serving

Last updated 6 years ago

Mercedies Green

Mercedies Green Asked 6 years ago

I don't have a table tennis partner so I have been practicing by myself.  I am trying to perfect my serve, but can't tell if I am putting spin on the ball?  Is there any way of knowing if I am putting spin on the ball?  Thanks

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Mercedies,

Yes you can tell if you watch the flight of the ball and what it does after it bounces.  If the ball curves a lot on the floor then you are getting a lot of sidespin.  If the ball comes back towards you then you are generating backspin and so on.  This is important when developing serves.  It is something a lot of players don't do which means they are not getting good feedback about what their serves are doing.

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T K Posted 6 years ago

I have a set of balls that I use for practice and I used a permanent market to draw a thick solid line across the seam of the ball.  This way, you'll know how much spin you're able to put on the ball when you practice your serves.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Hi Tony,

That is a good suggestion.

Orr Margalit

Orr Margalit Posted 6 years ago

yes i tried to draw a part of the ball and see


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