Tomahawk serve return

Table Tennis Service Return

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Ludi Kure

Ludi Kure Asked 5 years ago

Hi Alois,

I am a left handed player who often struggles when returning a tomahawk serve from right handed players.  Could you please tell me what would be the best stroke to use in my case when a ball has a heavy under/side spin and when it has top/side spin?  



Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 years ago

Hi Ludi,

The ball coming in towards you can be awkward for the left hander.  It is a serve I don't feel comfortable against either.

Think about giving yourself enough room to make the return.  You may need to move more to the right than you normally would to give yourself that space.

Then your choice of returns.   If the serve is short with backspin, use a push stroke to return it. If it is short with topspin then you can flick the return.  If the serve is long with either backspin or topspin, then use a topspin return for the best effect.

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Ludi Kure

Ludi Kure Posted 5 years ago

Thanks Alois for a speedy reply.  

If it is short with topspin, should I try a forehand or a backhand flick?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

I find the forehand flick easier in this situation because the bat is at a better angle naturally to cope with the sidespin but it is a matter of your own feeling for it.

Ludi Kure

Ludi Kure Posted 5 years ago

I will try it.  Thanks a lot!

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