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

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Start of Return to Ready Position
Photo of BH Topspin/Sidespin Serve - Start of Return to Ready Position

Start of Return to Ready Position

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The ball is about to go over the net, and the player is starting to return to his ready position.

Points to look for:

  • The bat is now being moved to the player's left to return to its ready position, while the playing elbow is being dropped back into position.
  • The player is continuing to watch the flight of the ball, in order to judge the success of the serve.
  • The player has served from the middle of the table so that it is easier to make the serve cross over the playing elbow of his opponent, forcing his opponent to decide quickly whether to play a backhand or forehand stroke. It is a little harder to achieve this when serving from the player's backhand corner.
  • The player is twiddling his bat, since he is using a combination bat, and wishes to have the normal rubber on his forehand, so he can attack with his forehand side.
  • The amount of sidespin on the ball can be determined by checking the ball's movement in this photograph and the previous two photographs.

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