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


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Contact With the Ball
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Contact With the Ball

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The ball has now been struck by the player.

Points to look for:

  • The wrist is finishing its snap, and the playing elbow and shoulder are now moving to the player's right to allow the stroke to continue naturally.
  • The bat has made contact slightly underneath and to the left side of the ball, as viewed by the camera. The underneath motion will put backspin on the ball, while the right to left motion will put sidespin on the ball. This combination of spins is harder for an opponent to read than just pure backspin or pure sidespin.
  • Since the receiver can clearly see the contact of the ball, deception is achieved by varying the angle at which the bat is held, which will change the proportion of sidespin to backspin. Further deceptions can be made by changing the amount of wrist snap used, or the speed with which the playing arm is moved. The amount of brush can also be varied to add to the deception of the serve.
  • The ball has been brushed heavily to give good spin, with only a little bit of solid contact. This is designed to give a slow, spinny serve, that will bounce twice on the opponent's side of the table if left untouched.

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