Returning Serve

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 14 years ago

Narendra Bachimanchi

Narendra Bachimanchi Asked 14 years ago

Hi sir I am facing trouble returning a sidespin serve. Can you help me?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 14 years ago

Hi Naren,

The main thing when returning is not to try to do too much. Just use the bat like a rudder to steer the ball back on the table.

If you start with your bat facing directly towards the server and see where the ball goes when you hit it. Then adjust the face of the bat to angle the ball back to the table. So if the ball is going off to your right you need to face the bat to the left. How much you do this will depend on how far the ball went to the right.

It is all about working out the angles. Do not try to spin the ball back initially. You need to learn the effect before you can counteract it properly.

Try this out and let me know if it helps.

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