Service back to the net

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Last updated 6 years ago

David Vincent Barboza

David Vincent Barboza Asked 6 years ago


So I practiced spin and manage to get the ball to return to me

And when I played with my Friend, I served the ball and surprisingly added a lot of backspin, and so it bounced on my side and then his side and then it rolled back to the net without my friend touching the ball.

So I want to know if its my point if that happens?

Because my friend says that the service isn't complete until he or me returns the serve 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi David,

Yes that is you point if he doesn't return the ball to your side.  Good work on getting the backspin on the ball.

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Rohan Keogh

Rohan Keogh Posted 6 years ago

So Alois.  I can take this one step further.  I can now do your backspin trick serve - bounce back over the net onto my side after landing on the receiver's side, and lower than in your videos.  I just need to get it more consistent than 1/20 attempts :).

In a game it would be virtually impossible to return.  So what is the sportsmanship of using such 'tricks'? I'm sure you and Jeff could use it as could most of the the top players but you don't.  Is that because it is considered unsportsman-like, or because it would make for a boring game of never ending unreturnable serves?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Hi Rohan,

It is actually too easy to return and that is why it is never used.  The ball travels too slowly and will allow your opponent plenty of time to get up to the net and put it away.

Rohan Keogh

Rohan Keogh Posted 6 years ago

Not the guys I play against at my level LOL.

BTW, thanks for the video this week on the reverse pendulum serve.  I had watched it before but just wasn't getting the concept for some reason so was relying on tomahawk and basic backhand serve to get the spin going the other way. 

This time I actually 'got it' (its quite simple in concept really) and am now able to perform a basic one fairly consistently and am ready to begin improving it. Cheers.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Good work Rohan.

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