How to receive short low spinny topspin serve

Table Tennis Service Return

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Ardak .

Ardak . Asked 5 months ago

Hi, coach!

How to receive short, very low and spinny serve which bounces to my forehand side and very close to the net?

If it was higher, then I would easily receive it with FH flick. If it was longer, then I would easily receive it with FH topspin. Initially the serve is slow, but when it touches  my side of the table, the ball bounces very fast, changes trajectory, gets very low which makes hard to flick. I can't topspin it because it is very low, and close to the table. I can't do swing, id est I can't start lower and finish higher. Pure horizontal swing is very risky because firstly it will go to the net, secondly it is hard even to catch with topspin with closed bat, because the ball changes trajectory and speed.I just blocked with closed angle, sometimes it worked but it was usually easy to attack. How to receive such serves correctly?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 months ago

Hi Ardak,

The push is a possibility.  You have to have a very vertical swing with the push.  If you can have a soft hand that will absorb some of the spin as well.

We do have a tutorial Receiving Short Topspin Serves for our Premium members as well.

 


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Ardak .

Ardak . Posted 5 months ago

Thank you, coach! I understand you. I will try to learn it. 

Is this soft vertical push the ideal way to return such serve? What is the ideal way? I will try to learn it too. Thank you! 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 months ago

I think either you can flick or push this ball.  With the flick it is key to get the ball at the peak of the bounce.  Even though it feels like it is bouncing low it will still be at a high enough point at some stage to be able to flick.


Ardak .

Ardak . Posted 5 months ago

Thank you very much, coach! 


Ardak .

Ardak . Posted 5 months ago

Hi, coach!

In the video below, at the moment 6:40, I can't distinguish Ma Long's serve, but Lin-Yun-Ju's serve receiving attracts me. It doesn't look like push against backspin. Was that your suggested soft vertical push? Or is it completely different stroke? 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNLDECqYFpE


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 months ago

Yes it does look similar. On this occasion using his backhand. 


Ardak .

Ardak . Posted 5 months ago

Thank you, coach! I am watching pro TT matches about 10 years but have never pay attention to this stroke! Explored yesterday when you suggested it!


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 months ago

No problems.  Keep exploring!


Ardak .

Ardak . Posted 5 months ago

My english is not good. I wanted to say "It was discovery for me when you suggested it!" 


Ardak .

Ardak . Posted 5 months ago

I will keep exploring! Thank you! 



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