Returning Sidespin forehand and Fade topspin

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 8 years ago

Rex Bradburn

Rex Bradburn Asked 8 years ago

Hi Alex,

I enjoyed your video on side spin forehand and wanted to ask if you have a video on returning those two types forehand hits? I play against a player who loves to do the side spin forehand slam and can't return them. Any help is appreciated.

I will begin practicing to hit the side spin forehand and the fade as well.

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Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Rex,

Glad you are enjoying the Shows.

To return the sidespin, I find doing a sidespin topspin back works quite well.  You could also take it earlier and block it back but you need to allow for the sidespin by angling your racket to the side to counter the spin on the ball.

A video is a good idea.  I will add it to our list.

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Johan B

Johan B Posted 8 years ago

A sidespin topspin that continues (same stroke as your opponent if you use the same hand) or inverts the spin, Alois? 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

You keep the ball spinning the same way.

Johan B

Johan B Posted 8 years ago


Nirmal R

Nirmal R Posted 8 years ago

Hi Alois, 

            How does mimicing the opponent sidespin (same stroke same hand) add sidespin? Shouldn't is counter the sidespin? Eg: rh tomohawk serve to rh receiver block would send ball to server's fh and ball spin further towards server's forehand on the 3rd ball. But if I(receiver) hook (similar stroke direction to server) then the spin encountered on the 3rd ball is opposite to the first case. Please correct me if I am wrong about this.




Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Hi Nirmal,

It is because you are going around the right hand side of the ball.  If you hit it face on the ball will go to the left but you are continuing to spin the ball in the same direction, just helping it along.

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