Returning sidespin/backspin serve

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 6 years ago

eugene lu

eugene lu Asked 6 years ago

Hi Alois,

I found it quite difficult to return a sidespin/backspin serve, because of the awkwardness of the spin. When I try to push it the ball will fly of the the table because of the sidespin . And if I try to steer the ball back on to the table, it ends up in the net because of the backspin. It's like I can only focus on one type of spin. So how do I return this serve.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Eugene,

Try to think of it as one spin.  It is dragging down and sideways so aim to the other extremity.  It will soon become natural for you.

For our Premium members we have some nice simple explanations of returning spin in our Receiving Secrets lesson on Reading Spin and Receiving Principles that will help.

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eugene lu

eugene lu Posted 6 years ago

So do you mean using a push to impart the backspin then drag the ball to the opposite side of where the sidespin intend to make the ball go?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

You can aim upwards and then to the opposite direction to where the spin wants to drag it.  Rather than drag it across, just use the angle of your racket to aim to the side.

eugene lu

eugene lu Posted 6 years ago

Thx alois


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