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Most players can read spin; when someone cuts under the ball, they know its backspin, when they hit the side of the ball they know it’s side-spin.
Only on the serve do people struggle to read what spin is on the ball, due to deceptive movements after the point of contact.
Why do so many people make unforced errors?
I coach many players of all levels and I’ve found that players miss due to misunderstanding of revolutions. Meaning they miss read the amount of spin. A ball can spin up to 120 times per second and if we are unable to detect the approximate quantity, it will lead to an unseemly error.
So how can we detect and develop our awareness of spin quantity?
Do a backspin serve and ask the opponent to receive using: heavy/medium/little amount of backspin. You must look carefully using at all the indications mentioned above to identify how much spin is imparted. Then follow up with a topspin and adapt to the spin accordingly. E.g. if there is lots of backspin you will need to hit the back of the ball around 9pm contact point. You will also need to have a more open bat angle with and increase your arm speed enabling you to lift the ball up and over the net. You will create (an override from the spin given) and will be transferred into your own topspin.
The better you understand spin the easier the game becomes.
And as my old coach always said, “Spin to Win”
A small video to help you develop thin contact on the ball imparting spin, see below.
Written by Eli Baraty
eBaTT (Eli Baraty Academy of Table Tennis)
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