[Video] How to return serves with a touch shot – with Paul Drinkhall

[Video] How to return serves with a touch shot – with Paul Drinkhall

In this video, pro player Paul Drinkhall, shows how to return serves with a forehand touch.


A ‘touch’ is a very short return of serve, usually when your opponent has served backspin or no-spin.

Ideally, a touch shot will stay low over the net and bounce twice or more on your opponent’s side of the table. This makes it very difficult for your opponent to attack.

In the video, Paul explains how to do a touch shot, when to use a touch shot and how to follow up a touch shot with your own attack.

A touch shot requires very good feeling and timing. But if you can do it, you will have another option to put your opponent under pressure.

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

What’s in the video

0:00 – Tom introduces the video

0:40 – Paul explains how to do a forehand touch return of serve

2:20 – Paul explains how to adjust the stroke to return different spins

3:25 – Paul discusses the importance of staying ‘active’ after you have played a touch shot

4:14 – Tom discusses how you can use a touch shot tactically

Useful links

> Paul Drinkhall’s Facebook Page

> 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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