Problem with opponent's pimple service

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 5 years ago


GOPI PAJJURI Asked 5 years ago

Dear Coach, I am facing problem with opponent's pimple bat service.  If i push the ball slowly it is going down the net and if i drive the ball it is going outside.  Kindly advise me how i have return the service made with pimple bat.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 years ago

Hi Gopi,

Treat it like a no spin ball without much speed on it.  It will probably come through a little slower than you are expecting.

If you can get into a good position, make a topspin return.  Make sure you are getting enough topspin on the return to get the ball to dip onto the table.  You are probably not generating enough topspin at the moment and that is why the ball is going off the end.

If the ball is shorter, then push the ball back but again remembering that the serve will have no spin. 

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GOPI PAJJURI Posted 5 years ago

Thank you dear Alois for giving me immediate reply regarding 'problem with pimple rocket's serve'.  I am astonished to receive such a bounce back reply/ answer from you.  It establishes the fact that how much you love the game of Table Tennis.

Dear Alois, please guide me regarding 'pushing'.  My pushing action is not correct bcoz when i push the ball it is going slightly up and it is easy to my opponent to smash the ball. How i have to hold the rocket?  I am playing with a rocket having one side 'Magna' rubber and another side  'Yasaka V stage' rubber.  

And one more question, in the shakehand grip whether we have to hold rocket closer to the rubbers or far?

Awaiting for your valuable reply,


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

Hold the racket like we show you in the lesson on Get a Grip.  Keep a similar grip for all shots.

If the push is going too high, focus on brushing the ball more on contact.  Take a look at our lesson on the Backhand Push.


GOPI PAJJURI Posted 5 years ago

Thank you very much Alois.

With regards,





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