How to know a ball spin

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 11 years ago

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Buy Ogon Asked 11 years ago

What is the technique on knowing the spin of a ball usually from a service. This is one of my weaknesses especially someone serving from a high toss then angle of my opponents racket is partially hidden and made a quick serve and I tend to assume the spin of the ball which is really bad. Is there something like a standard return of a serve that works well from either a chop or side spin?



Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb Answered 11 years ago

Hi Buy,

This is an area where you need a lot of experience. Try to play as many matches as you can against as many different opponents.

Unfortunately there is no standard return for a serve. If you have difficulty with a particular serve, see if you can get a training partner to perform the same serve over and over again. Don't get them to change the spin. This will give you the opportunity to learn how to return that serve. Once you are comfortable returning the serve, then get them to change the spin slightly. Once you can get that serve back then ask them to mix up the 2 serves. Going through this process you start to learn the different types of spin your opponent is putting on the ball.

Give it a try and let me know how you get on. Good luck and stick with it. You must remember that even the worlds best players don't return the ball perfectly every time. They still get surprised sometimes and miss a return. Stick with it and practice, practice, practice. 

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Buy Ogon Posted 11 years ago

Im starting to learn now how to return the ball a bit of a push, most of the time I try to counter the spin of the ball but it seems the ball goes a bit high ideal for my opponent to attack but Im not sure why a lot of their attack the ball drops to the net, I assume my return was a hard chop. Im still learning how to return a sidespin serve with a flick

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 11 years ago

Hi Buy,

You are probably right, if your opponents are putting the ball into the net it could be because of your backspin. You can still work on trying to get your returns a bit lower as this will help you against stronger opponents.

Good luck learning to return the sidespin serve with a flick. You can watch some of our lessons to help you. Remember that these skills take time to master so keep practicing hard and the results will come.

akash pardeshi

akash pardeshi Posted 11 years ago

Hi Jeff,

 What is the correct way to read the spin on serve? Do you look at the servers action/paddle angle or look at the ball to determine the spin?





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