[Video] How to read the amount of spin – with Mark Mitchell

[Video] How to read the amount of spin – with Mark Mitchell

In this video, pro coach Mark Mitchell explains how to read the amount of spin when playing table tennis.


Most players are able to see when an opponent plays a push or topspin stroke. But do you know how much spin your opponent is actually putting on the ball?

Mark explains how to read heavy backspin, light backspin and float. He also explains how to read heavy topspin, medium topspin and light topspin.

Mark’s tips will help you read spin better, so you can play the appropriate stroke.

Mark is an ex-England International with 55 caps. During his playing career he won a European Team Bronze Medal and the National League Team Title twice. He also won the Portuguese Open and Icelandic Open. He was the GB Paralympic Coach for over 18 years, attending 4 Paralympic Games and numerous World and European Championships.

You can find out more about Mark here:


Useful links

> 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.

2 thoughts on “[Video] How to read the amount of spin – with Mark Mitchell

  1. a great video. On the flip side of reading the other player’s spin is that I want to improve the variation of spin I use so thanks very much

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