returning pendulum serve

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 11 years ago

Hasham Iqbal

Hasham Iqbal Asked 11 years ago

Hi Alois, 

I wanted to ask you that how to return a pendulum serve which has

1) speed but little sidespin

2)slow but too much spin on it

3) and if i like to smash both these types of serve how should i do it...?

More over how should i drive and loop the ball using my forehand which is weak. Any tips on how to improve my forehand would be welcoming.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 11 years ago

Hi Hasham,

For the long serve like with any serve your approach should be to make an attacking topspin.  Because it has speed, it may feel heavier of your bat so you will need to lift the ball a little more.

If there is a lot of spin, you need to be able to recognise the spin on the ball.  This is a major step and one that will take time. If the ball is going to bounce twice then your first option is a push or flick.  If it is long, then brush it heavily with topspin to make the return.

I wouldn't attempt to smash returns unless the serve really sits up high.

To improve your forehand, you should work especially on the finish position of your stroke.  Take a good look at the lesson on the Forehand Topspin.  

Our DVD on returning serve will be out very soon. 

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Rahul Ramesh

Rahul Ramesh Posted 11 years ago

then if we want o counter that serve should we close the racket to topspin the serve


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 11 years ago

This will depend on the type of spin on the ball.  If there is topspin then you can come over the ball, but if there is backspin you may need to lift the ball more.

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