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The Backhand Sidespin Serve - Side View - Table Tennis/ Ping-Pong Basic Strokes

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Ready Position
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Ready Position

(c) 2006 Greg Letts, licensed to About.com, Inc.
This tutorial is a companion to the backhand sidespin serve - front view tutorial, but showing a side view instead. Rather than repeat much of the front view version, I'll just be pointing out items that are relevant to the side view.

Points to look for:

  • The ball is held above the playing surface, and above the endline.
  • Note the distance the player is from the table, which allows for quicker recovery to a good attacking position. Standing too close to the table can cramp the stroke and make you take longer to get into ready position for the next shot.
  • The left foot is further forward than the right foot, to help the player be in the ready position to hit a good forehand stroke.

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