Returning a short heavy side spin serve

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 4 years ago

Rohan Keogh

Rohan Keogh Asked 4 years ago

So Alois, I've checked out the receiving videos for returning short serves, short pendulum serves, long side spin serves but my biggest receiving challenge is with short, heavy side spin serves - either BS or TS variants.  What's the simplest (doesn't need to be the most effective at this stage) return to ensure the ball goes back on the table, instead of onto the neighboring table?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 4 years ago

Hi Rufuss,

The key is the angle of your racket.  You need to face it away from the direction it is spinning.  Use your bat like a rudder.

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Rohan Keogh

Rohan Keogh Posted 4 years ago

I must have spin dyslexia. LOL.  I know the theory but seem to always angle the bat the wrong way.  I suspect it is some underlying instinct that if the ball is curving away from/off the table, I need to aim it back toward the table.  I think I need a practice drill to overcome that - perhaps putting a target on the floor and aiming for that.   Any other ideas?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

Yes even thinking about aiming for the side wall will help.

Jim PingPalHal

Jim PingPalHal Posted 4 years ago

I've found that I have natural spin dyslexia as well. The ball reacts opposite of how my brain naturally thinks I should return it. Like if the ball is coming from the outside to the inside of the table sidespin I for some reason think I should aim back towards the outside when I should be angling the paddle the other way. (Even now I'm confused if I've got this reversed).

I think for me it's that my practice partner doesn't use much sidespin even on the serve so I don't have alot of practice against it. 

Is there some sort of visual guide to this that kinda explains the various scenarios?

Rohan Keogh

Rohan Keogh Posted 4 years ago

Jim, there are 2 videos that will help demonstrate the theory visually

I 'get it', I just can't get it  [insert rolling eyes icon here].  Good luck to us both, eh.



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