Service spin

Table Tennis Serving

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David Davies

David Davies Asked 4 weeks ago

Hi Guys

when doing a forehand backspin serve I have been told to contact the ball at the front edge of the bat. Why would you not contact the ball at back edge of the bat?

Can you please explain.

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Dave Davies


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 3 weeks ago

Hi Dave,

You tend to generate more spin by hitting the ball at the front edge.  Unfortunately I can't explain the physics of it but perhaps someone else on the site can.


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Nico C

Nico C Posted 2 weeks ago

When hitting the ball at the front edge of the bat, the ball makes contact with more of the rubber. If I was to hit the ball at the front edge of the bat, the rubber continues to brush the ball as you follow through. If however I was to hit it at the back edge of the bat, when I start to follow through, the ball makes contact with the rubber for only a brief amount of time, thus generating less spin. 

I hope this helps!



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