Reading service spin in the past

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 10 months ago

Jasper Low

Jasper Low Asked 10 months ago

Before 2000, How do people read the spin of the serve when your opponent hides the contact.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 months ago

Hi Jasper,

I think it was more difficult but players used to listen fo the contact, watch the overall action of the server and also watch the flight of the ball to judge the spin.


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D K

D K Posted 10 months ago

This is an advantage even today. For two reasons: some players have so complicated serve actions or so subtle changes that reading the actual flight is advantageous. And also,especially at lower levels and higher ages, the players still hide their serves


Jasper Low

Jasper Low Posted 10 months ago

Player hide the sound of the contact as well to make it harder


Jasper Low

Jasper Low Posted 10 months ago

By stomping


D K

D K Posted 10 months ago

Yes,but actually,the sound only identifies the presence of spin,not its direction.


D K

D K Posted 10 months ago

In short,the louder contact,the less spin.



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