Returning Short Topspin Serve

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 8 years ago

Ernest Wahyu

Ernest Wahyu Asked 8 years ago

Hi Alois,

Can u tell me some options to receive a slow topspin serve?

And which is the most effective stroke between those options?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Ernest,

The best option would be a flick stroke.  Here is a link to a lesson on the forehand flick. Forehand Flick.

You could try to push the ball but it is difficult to keep this ball low with a push.

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D K Posted 8 years ago


A topspin serve?

You need an outstanding touch,and I do not think that even Waldner would be able to push a topspin serve that appears on his levels.
"Pushing" a topspin serve requires great touch and a very dead rubber.

I have tried it countless times.

Against such a serve,I use a counterhit or a dropshot-off-lob-like stroke.
I cannot do a flick,but it is an option.

Dakota Castleberg

Dakota Castleberg Posted 8 years ago

It's not terribly difficult to push a topspin ball, although it seems to require a closed bat angle while basically doing a mini chop straight downward. Not a better option than a flick though as you aren't imparting topspin to bring the ball down like a flick does.

On a related note, you find players how do a similar chop black against aggressive topspin shots. This also requires careful timing and coordination compared to a normal block.


D K Posted 8 years ago

Dakota,then you are talking about a more like chop-block like stroke.

Yes I know about the chopblockers against agressive shot,I myself am pracistisng this shot,but I rarely have time.

Ernest Wahyu

Ernest Wahyu Posted 8 years ago

I've tried to push the ball back. It's quiet difficult to keep the ball low no matter how soft my hand is. I also tried to flick it, but I need a good timing to make it get onto the table

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Yes it is a difficult shot Ernest.  Keep working on it.  With more touch and relaxation it can improve.

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