[Video] How to return different types of sidespin serve

[Video] How to return different types of sidespin serve

In this video I show you how to return different types of sidespin serve.

 

Not all sidespin serves are the same. You can get get sidespin with backspin or sidespin with topspin. Sidespin serves can be short or they can be long. They could be served to your forehand or to your backhand.

In the video I show you how do you deal with these different variations – how to read the spin and which strokes to play. In particular, I explain how to return…

  • Short sidespin with backspin
  • Long sidespin with backspin
  • Short sidespin with topspin
  • Long sidespin with topspin

Many players, especially at beginner and intermediate level, find it difficult to return sidespin serves, but if you follow my approach you will find it much easier to return these tricky sidespin serves.


What’s in the video

0:00 – Tom introduces the video

0:43 – Tom explains the difference between sidespin with backspin and sidespin with topspin and how to read the spin

2:27 – How to return short sidespin serves with backspin

4:12 – How to return long sidespin serves with backspin 

6:00 – How to return short sidespin serves with topspin 

7:08 – How to return long sidespin serves with topspin 

8:23 – Tom discusses the importance of using positing strokes and why you should avoid prodding the ball

9:19 – Tom explains the importance of keeping your approach simple, especially for beginner and intermediate players


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.

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