How to read and return sidespin serve in table tennis

How to read and return sidespin serve in table tennis

Articles Blog

Welcome back to my channel. I’m EmRatThich. Today, let’s learn how to return a sidespin
serve, short and safely with Michael Maze. Maze announced his retirement in 2016, saying
“after several operations, I can no longer train one hundred percent without pain and
therefore not compete at the level I�m used to.” Michael Maze is a former professional table
tennis player from Denmark. His strength is in his strong forehand loop
and lobbing. He is currently considered to be the best,
defensive lobbers in the world. His strong forehand loop, his forehand pendulum
serve, and his confident defensive play away from the table make him a top world class
player. Maze currently uses a Butterfly Timo Boll
Spirit Blade with Butterfly Tenergy 05 on the forehand and the backhand. He changes the rubber every 2 weeks. I hope that he will come back because table
tennis is such a great sport! Really impressive, right? Yes, Maze has a really good service receive
skills. Pro players train 6-7 h daily until they master
the skill. But don’t worry! I will give you 3 tips to return the sidespin
serve correctly. If you don’t know, why top players prefer
doing the sidespin serve, watch the video above for the real reason. Tip 1: To keep your return short, you should
contact the ball in the early timing. At the position 1 to 2 timing. If you hit the ball late, it’s very difficult
to keep your return low, and short. So the opponent will attack your return easily. Here are the timing position: from 1 to 5. I’ve explained the “hitting timing” in a previous
PingSunday video. Search “Optimal timing table tennis” to watch
it. So you should contact the ball at position
1 to 2. Well, you know what, sidespin ball has a lot
of energy. So to return it short, you need to absorb
energy, otherwise, you can’t return it short correctly. But how? I’ve explained the PingSunday video, named
“Contact Point in Table Tennis”. To absorb the energy of the service, you need
to hit the ball, near the handle of your racket. Here, at the position (1,2) and (2,2). Because the velocity of your racket at this
position is minimum. So your return is less affected by the spin. Let’s see it with Michal Maze’s contact position. Can you see it? Yes, great! OK! Tip 1 and Tip 2 is the easiest one. But the last tip, is very difficult for the
new players. So please concentrate right now, because this
one will decide the quality of your return. Well, Chinese coach says “You can return every
ball short, no matter how much spin on the ball”. Yes! but the problem is you must hit “on”
the rotation axis. If not, you will “eat” the spin of the ball. On the rotation axis, there is “no rotation”,
“no energy”, right? Look at here, it’s on the North, and South
Pole of the globe. “Ting!”, Aha! So imagine is the incoming ball with pendulum
sidespin. So hit the ball, at on the bottom back. Here, on the rotation axis. So you won’t “eat” the spin. The last skill is the hardest. To learn this feeling, practice a lot, and
you can realize where is the rotation axis of the ball. Hope you improve your table tennis skills
everyday! And don’t forget to support my channel (share,
comment, and offer me a coffee, if you like). I’m EmRatThich, see you again. ??!

59 thoughts on “How to read and return sidespin serve in table tennis”

  1. point 3 , i've know that before, i just dont know what is calling name.. , n we all agree, we call that
    " a rotation axis " ??

  2. dear coach, you just explained to return lefty's right sidespins serves with lefty's forehand. what about to receive from backhand? what about the lefty's right sidespin serves? i.e. if the lefty does reverse pendulum serves, how to receive with forehand as well as backhand?
    by d way, i have already taught all my players how to receive these sidespin serves, whether it is right side spin or left, and also how to return lefty's both sidespin serves. (in righty's case, it is either reverse pendulum serves, tomahawh serves or backhand sidespin serves).
    i think you have narrated just a quarter of the full technique.

  3. Hello,

    I have recently bought a Chinese rubber (DHS Hurricane 3). Unfortunately, the tackiness was gone after the first training. Is this normal and what can I do against it?

  4. EmRatThic Table Tennis Coach
    I use specialtibharv2(limba and balsa off- blade)Yasaka rakzaX on my forehand Mercury2 on my backhand but my legs is so slow and when I looping near the table I cant catch ball and hit the ball very bad.So How can be my legs faster?Sorry for my English.Plese answere my question.

  5. very informative thx. But still sometimes its useful to eat the spin (in a controlled manner) as your opponent does not expect that

  6. Thank you coach ! Very great info.. I just realized why Timo also used that rubber area near the thumb

  7. Hi Coach, This is regarding the Table Tennis Summer Camp at China table tennis college. I have mailed them my information on May 14 but I didn't got any reply. So, I mailed them again on May 23 just to hear any reply but still no reply. On June 8, 2018 I mailed them again so hey just send me a reply mail but still no reply. I don't think this is a legit event coach. Can you look into it?

  8. Greetings Coach!

    Professional players seem to be able to predict the placement of an opponent's serve with great accuracy. It looks like they are already moving at or before the first bounce! It's like magic to me!

    There are so many videos about how to read the spin of an opponent's serve but I can't seem to find one regarding how to predict the placement of an opponent's serve! Do you have any tips for us?

    Thanks so much and keep up the great work!


  9. Thanks for this lesson, always very instructional, i'm working to be a "blocker/conter attatck", working with the error of the adversary and using their strengh, i'm 33 comming back to TT after a Computers Engineering college, as it is right now, i use a (5w2carbonOFF) blade (generic chinese), Stiga Neos on forehand, Dhs C8 longpimples hard on the backhand (for returning serves and variation, i change sides as needed), what material / player would you recommend for me to use/watch ? sorry for the english (brazil here), thanks again as your videos realy help in real life TT

  10. Good tips! You should also mention that when returning short, you should be very gentle and loosen your grip and wrist.

  11. Coach pingpangwang says "接正手位网前球目前国家队的教练还没有好的技术这可以从国家男女队的国际比赛看出来,多到民间去学学也许会有进步,见过几个民间高手接正手反手位网前短球就是直接起板不管是神马上下旋很少下网." -Is this true?

  12. So where exactly would u contact the ball on a forehand pendulum serve, with sidespin (y-axis) spinning clockwise… and sidespin (y-axis) spinning anti-clockwise?

    EDIT: This isn't associated much with the question too much but ive heard "corkscrew" spin (the spin that makes the ball actually *move* ) spins on the "z-axis". What does this mean and do u think u can further explain it in a video? Thanks, ive watched a lot of ur videos and i appreciaate ur hard work and knowledge 🙂

  13. Thank you very much for sharing this very important information. None of my coaches tought me how to return the ball. Gratitudes…

  14. Theo dõi nhiều video của anh thì, clip về vị trí đánh và clip này của anh là hữu ích, mang tính chuyên môn cao hơn là mấy clip nhan nhản trên mạng dạy bắt ngắn mang tính chung chung. Mong anh nghiên cứu ra clip về vấn đề sau khi chiến thuật chẳng hạn như: Đặt điểm rơi sau khi giao xoáy ngang để khai thác tấn công Third ball attack hiệu quả, tại sao phải đặt xoáy ngang bên trái tay hay bên thuận tay đối thủ, mục đích là gì sau quả giao banh xoáy ngang đó.
    Thanks a ; )

  15. I can win against my opponent who is strong equal to me, but I loose against weak player. I forget the correct stroke. When I hit the ball my weak opponent blocks. But the blocked ball is too slow. My weak opponent do not know the correct strokes. I get mentally disturbed, tensed and do not do a correct stroke. I forget the key " power from the ground" and I cannot estimate where the ball bounces. Please help me coach, I completely believe in you

  16. but this is not how my opponents serve me their sidespin. They do it long and on my backhand not short and on my forehand like in this video.


    Mr Emrattich is the above method not an easy to way to identify the spin?.

    And thanks for ur videos. Very informative and useful.

  18. At 1:10 Maze should sell his bats instead of tearing off the rubber and replacing them. The price his team could get for them would easily recoup the cost of buying a new bat & rubbers every 2 weeks in convenience alone..

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *