Whether amateur or professional, receiving the table tennis serve is the most difficult technique.
Hello, welcome back to PingSunday, the best place to learn table tennis. I’m EmRatThich. Today, let’s learn the hardest skill in table tennis, receive the table tennis serve.
Very difficult to read the spin on the serve.
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Many amateur players have confirmed with me that returning the serve correctly is their main weakness. How to improve? Serve return is one of the hardest aspects of table tennis. Many players have trouble returning high-quality serves and lack confidence in their decision-making and execution.
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01 Learn to judge the spin on the serve
Practice judging spin by the flight and bounce of the ball, not by watching the opponent’s ball contact. The opponent may have a deceptive contact point and motion or an illegal disguised serve, thus being able to evaluate the ball’s flight,and judge the bounce are significantly more essential than seeing the ball contact.
There are no spin serve, underspin serve and topspin serve.
Here is my tips! A serve that floats through the air and stops sharply after the second bounce is likely a strong underspin serve.
While a serve that cuts through the air more rapidly is likely topspin serve. Topspin serve will kick forward (kick effect).
Nospin serves bounce softly on the second bounce.
02 Lower your stance
To read the serve better on the spin, you need to lower your stance. You will observe the spin and the bounce of the serve easier.
03 Use the right footwork
04 Let the ball drop if you can’t see the spin
If you’re having problems estimating the opponent’s spin, take the ball a little later to see what it does on the second bounce. Give yourself margin and don’t aim for perfection. This is especially critical if you’re unfamiliar with your opponent’s serves.
It’s also crucial for drop shots, which are hard to control if the ball is too flat. Learn to offer your serve returns some cushion while keeping them low to challenge the opponent.
05 Practice many type of serve as possible
Try as many serves as possible. This includes players who aren’t as good as you yet serve well. Playing practice games against different players and working on serve return errors might improve your serve return.
There are too many types of serve: no spin serve, float serve, topspin serve, sidespin serve, fast serve, pendulum serve, reverse pendulum serve, etc. So you need to practice and learn to return all of these types of table tennis serves.
That’s it. See you in the next video.
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