[Video] How to do top quality BACKHAND serves – with Craig Bryant

[Video] How to do top quality BACKHAND serves – with Craig Bryant

In this video, top coach and service expert, Craig Bryant, explains how to do very effective backhand serves.


Most players serve with their forehand. But backhand serves can be very tricky to return too. You can generate lots of spin, get different angles and do lots of subtle spin variations.

In the video, Craig explains the basic backhand service motion. He demonstrates how to generate backspin, sidespin and topspin. And he explains how to use backhand serves effectively in matches.

As always, there’s plenty of footage of myself struggling to return Craig’s serves!

This video is brought to you in partnership with Bribar Table Tennis.

What’s in the video

0:00 – Tom introduces the video

0:42 – Craig explains the benefits of using backhand serves

1:27 – Craig demonstrates the basic backhand service motion

2:33 – Craig demonstrates how to do a backhand backspin serve

3:48 – Craig demonstrates how to do a backhand sidespin serve

4:43 – Craig demonstrates how to do a backhand topspin serve

5:55 – Craig discusses effective ball placement of backhand serves

Useful links

> Craig’ Bryant’s website and coaching services

> Bribar table tennis

> Tom Lodziak’s YouTube Channel

> More online table tennis lessons

About Tom Lodziak

I’m a table tennis coach based in Cambridge in the UK. I have 70+ free table tennis lessons on my popular YouTube channel. I also have 150+ coaching articles to help you improve your table tennis skills. You can read more about my background on my About Tom page.

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