Xu Xin Sidespin Forehand Push Return

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 7 years ago

Sulaiman Kazi

Sulaiman Kazi Asked 7 years ago

Hi Alois and Jeff,


In this video at 0:18 and also at 1:32 XuXin does this service recieve that really confuses me how he does it.

If you don't mind could you please go through how to carry out this recieve and also what spin he puts on this recieve?

Also since Xu Xin does this recieve as a penhold player, would there be a similar recieve for shakehand players?

Thank you

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Sulaiman,

He is doing a sidespin forehand push.  This is something that is easier to do with the penhold grip.  If you are using the shakehand grip it would be easier to use the backhand side of your racket to execute this stroke.

It is an interesting stroke that isn't used much, but has some potential.

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Johan B

Johan B Posted 7 years ago

Pretty sure you can see Ma Lin do it a lot in older videos too :)

Sulaiman Kazi

Sulaiman Kazi Posted 7 years ago

Thanks Alois and Jeff for the quick feedback,

I have tried the stroke and its very effective for me. As a lefthanded player, I play most of my returns in my backhand court and I have seen immediate results. After a few of these pushes my opponents tend to stay in their backhand courts after there serves leaving all of the forehand court open for me to banana flick it there. With the variation of my returns, I'm able to score a significant amount of points on my opponents' serves. 

I've also tried a forehand equivalent of this return using an action similar to the sidespin pendulum serve action by coming at an angle to the ball and using alot of wrist action to carry this return out and using various spins

Sulaiman Kazi

Sulaiman Kazi Posted 7 years ago

Thanks again for the very informative reply

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

Nice one Sulaiman.

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