Last updated 8 years ago
You are right with the last bit, I do want to tell you to practice this more.
If you are able to topspin the backspin serves it sounds like you might be misreading the amount of spin on the ball and/or you are running out of time to make the stroke.
One solution may be to take your receiving position half a step backwards to allow yourself a little more time especially wen you notice that they are working in this tactic.
The other thing is to understand that when the ball is fast it acts like it has more backspin that you may be paying for. So soften the contact on the ball a little and play it more like a backspin serve. So play a more vertical stroke. You can also shorten the stroke a little to make it more manageable with your time constraints. Just make sure the stroke is going in the right direction.
As a mind set, expect the ball to come there once you know they have picked up on it. If you are always willing the ball to come somewhere else, you won't be prepared mentally for the ball to come to this position. So look for this ball at the start of the rally, then it won't be such a surprise and you will find you will have a fraction more time and you will be more ready to make the correct stroke.
So I am picturing a short upward brushing topspin stroke from half a step further back as your return.
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