Returning a long slow spiny topspin serve

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 8 years ago

Abhinav Upadhyay

Abhinav Upadhyay Asked 8 years ago

Hi Alois and Jeff,

Sometimes I tend to have difficulty in returning serves which are long but slow and have lots of top spin on them. If I go and try to play forehand top spin on them, they hit the top edge of my bat and fly away, I think it is because of the bounce caused by the top spin on the ball. What do you suggest?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Abhinav,

The topspin will cause the ball to bounce a little higher.  On these serves it is better to open the angle of your bat and hit through the ball more rather than lifting it.  The more open face of the racket will mean that you are less likely to hit the edge of the bat.


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Abhinav Upadhyay

Abhinav Upadhyay Posted 8 years ago

Thanks Alois. I will try with a more open faced bat. 

Wish you and Jeff a very happy new year. :)


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Thanks Abhinav.


faris hussain

faris hussain Posted 8 years ago

Wow! My arch rival does long topspin serve. Thanks Alois:-)


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

No problems Faris.



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