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How to read and return sidespin serve in table tennis

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. ??!

David Frank



  1. Maximilianmus Yeet Posted on June 10, 2018 at 11:02 am


  2. sombasu Posted on June 10, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Great video. Thanks

  3. Yusri Yussuf Posted on June 10, 2018 at 11:10 am

    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 " 😂😂

  4. Ritu Paban Borah Posted on June 10, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Coach, watching your video if feel like unlocking a treasure. Thanks. Coffee is ready for you.

  5. Lukas S. Posted on June 10, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Is it possible to counter Tomokazu Harimoto's playing style?

  6. Andrew Chen Posted on June 10, 2018 at 11:38 am

    You traditional Chinese?

  7. JAYDEV ASHRA Posted on June 10, 2018 at 11:56 am

    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.

  8. adel yacoub Posted on June 10, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    As always another awesome video

  9. gptsx jr Posted on June 10, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Maze is left-handed.

  10. Atrakis Posted on June 10, 2018 at 12:17 pm


    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?

  11. komikmi gulmedim Posted on June 10, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    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.

  12. Liam Cannon Posted on June 10, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Great video , as expected !

  13. Hermawan Lukman Posted on June 10, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Coach you are funny yet informative , thanks

  14. phaniraj patel Posted on June 10, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Hey coach, how do you feel about harimoto beating MaLong in quarter finals yesterday?

  15. Wonghiu仔 Posted on June 10, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    He came back now!

  16. kim jansson Posted on June 10, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Maze have been playing for some time after his comeback,currently ranked 2 in Denmark

  17. david tam Posted on June 10, 2018 at 4:39 pm

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

  18. Hartley Taslim Posted on June 10, 2018 at 4:47 pm

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

  19. Ronel Singh Posted on June 10, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    @ How much pressure you apply at point of contact for short receive… tight or loose???

  20. PKZ Posted on June 10, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Just do block backhand

  21. les geekeurs mobile Posted on June 10, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    I dont understand the Last tips

  22. Rich F Posted on June 11, 2018 at 2:17 am

    Great info! Thanks!

  23. Saurabh Agnihotri Posted on June 11, 2018 at 5:50 am

    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?

  24. D W Posted on June 11, 2018 at 8:08 am

    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!


  25. brunospfc Posted on June 11, 2018 at 8:50 am

    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

  26. Сергей Орманжи Posted on June 11, 2018 at 12:31 pm


  27. Tony Ma Posted on June 11, 2018 at 7:56 pm

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

  28. joyjit pal Posted on June 12, 2018 at 8:31 am

    Please make a video of the analysis of the match where harimoto beat ma long and zjk

  29. kochartable tennis fedration Posted on June 14, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Subscribe and promote

  30. Nils Willén Posted on June 15, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    I love your channel you should be chinees national team coach

  31. Tian Louw Posted on June 15, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    These videos help so much, because I have no one else to learn this from. Thanks coach ERT!

  32. Simon Bar Jesus Posted on June 15, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    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?

  33. Manan Posted on June 16, 2018 at 2:09 am

    Coach please tell me how to recive sidecut

  34. Chumbly Warner Posted on June 16, 2018 at 4:51 am

    Another excellent video

  35. Jeongwoo CHOI Posted on June 16, 2018 at 11:20 am

    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 🙂

  36. Muhammad Ikhsan Posted on June 16, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    How about counter spin action? Is it good or bad choice?

  37. Nirmal Suthar Posted on June 16, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Great tutorial

  38. BoRSaCi Posted on June 17, 2018 at 10:27 am

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

  39. Nguyễn Hải Posted on June 20, 2018 at 3:41 am

    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 ; )

  40. joko Posted on June 21, 2018 at 7:00 am

    How to train correcly with chinese philosophy?

  41. Anna Błądek Posted on June 22, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    how to relax before fh topspin?

  42. Don sharma Posted on July 1, 2018 at 2:57 am

    Perhaps last tip is about spin evasion. Make a separate video about this topic.

  43. jain augustine Posted on July 4, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Great tips!! Thanks coach..

  44. Deekshik Gowda Posted on July 24, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    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

  45. Mi Cer Posted on October 15, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    At 4 minutes, did he hit the ball with his thumb?

  46. Neša Brdža Posted on November 27, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    Thanks for yours kindliness,
    because you wrote in the Serbian language ♥

  47. IsItHardToBeVegan? Posted on January 13, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    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.

  48. devyn eynes Posted on March 17, 2019 at 12:21 am

    Please if you can make graphic videos of all kinds of service returns thanks

  49. Krishna Sridharan Posted on May 20, 2019 at 1:24 am


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

    And thanks for ur videos. Very informative and useful.

  50. DrivingHawaii Posted on June 5, 2019 at 5:03 am

    This doesn't answer how to read the spin. Can you do a video on that?

  51. Atoms: Six of them. Posted on June 18, 2019 at 8:26 am

    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..

  52. joonnytt Posted on June 19, 2019 at 4:32 am

    Where does your name come from?

  53. azerty qwerty Posted on June 26, 2019 at 6:44 am

    You're the boss.

  54. Rogier van den Broek Posted on July 12, 2019 at 10:36 am

    this is just feeling, if you play the sport for a cople years you will have a nice return

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  56. ut vuongkhanh Posted on September 24, 2019 at 1:23 am

    EmRatThich duyệt phụ đề Việt nha! Cảm ơn em!

  57. Thanhluan Nguyen Posted on September 26, 2019 at 5:14 am

    How can offer coffee for you?