How to Return Long & Fast Serve Like a Pro


Welcome back to PingSunday video. To improve your table tennis skills to the
next level, you should improve your return first. Today, we learn how to return the fast and
long serve in table tennis. A player from Indonesia asked me, “Dear sir,
I have been going to Guangzhou few time every year and practicing Chinese style. But when I come back to my country and play
some tournaments, I’m having difficulty in playing with top players. as their style is different from china. In China, normally most of the player do short
serve and opening with flick or short push. But in Indonesia, the players do the fast
and long serve. So how to deal with fast and
long serve? First, the best option is always attack the
long serve. Stay 2 steps further from the
table, and attack the serve! Don’t rush, wait for the ball and hit at the
right timing. If you have a strong backhand, attack it directly
with your backhand. If you can’t attack strongly with your backhand,
you can step around (pivot), and attack it with your forehand like many pro
players. The rule of thumb is, you should
attack every ball which jumps out-side of the table! If you know your opponent will mostly serve
long, prepare yourself. Stay 1-2 steps
further at your corner, and attack it early. But don’t rush, aim to hit the ball before
it’s highest bounce, position 3 timing. If they serve long and fast serve to your
backhand corner, step around and attack it hard. If they serve directly to the middle and your
forehand side, they just give you “easy point”. What are you waiting for? Just attack it! The second option is a more secure option. It’s the “active drive”. If you don’t have a
good footwork, or you don’t have confidence to step around to attack the fast serve
strongly, just use the “active drive”. If you step around and attack the serve, but
the opponent can return it fast like this situation. So it’s rather risky! If you know that you can’t win the point with
your first attack, just use the “active drive”. For the “active drive”, don’t aim for the
power because you won’t win directly the point with your drive but focus on the consistency
and the placement of your return. In general, there are 3 placements that you
should aim for. (1) return to the opponent
wide forehand. (2) return directly to the opponent’s elbow.
and (3) return the long serve to the wide backhand. It depends on your opponent’s playing style. If they are strong with their forehand,
return more to their weaker side (backhand side). If they are backhand dominant
player, return the serve to their forehand side. If they stay too close to the table, return directly to their elbow. And prepare to attack the next ball. Good player always
try to control the rally first. By doing this “active drive”, you always control
the placement first. Don’t just return the fast serve passively,
they will attack your return first! Ma Long does not always step around to forehand
attack. Sometimes, he just use his
backhand drive to safely return the fast ball. Focus on the placement to surprise
your opponent is the key! In general, fast and long serve does not work
well at the high level. Good player always attack the long serve. So if you want to improve, learn the good
timing, and practice to attack every long ball. Ma Long has the good answer to the “King of
Serve”, and win the matches 4-0. Do you like this tutorial? See you next Ping Sunday! EmRatThich!

54 thoughts on “How to Return Long & Fast Serve Like a Pro

  1. Hi!, I guess you read comment the video of the girl playing in china that serves long, great receiving video here!

  2. (Before)I have hit like before watching and now commenting… Because, i know that this is going to be the super stuff fully power packed with knowledge…
    (After)yes, you have come back stronger…!!! i'm the boss…!!! just superb… just EmRatThich… by d way, i saw the meaning of EmRatThich and it is cool…

  3. Another "european player" bashing kek. Find it funny that you as a noname coach try to tell schlager how to play the game (bad to serve long on high level) who was world champion…

  4. It is amazing
    – How much I have learned courtesy of you,
    – How much I am learning thanks to you and
    – How much I will learn from you in the future.
    You are great coach.
    Cảm ơn bạn rất nhiều 🙂

  5. coach EmRatThich may you please make a video about short sidespin low service I play on a national level but this is my major weakness

  6. from Brazil, this tutorial like this is very helpful, as many other videos from you, thanks and please talk more about returning serves, topspin, sidespin, and thanks again

  7. Hello coach, im also from Indonesia, and indeed there are many players use long fast serve here. Im struggling to receive with my backhand, because im a penholder and my rpb/tpb is really bad… Thank you for the tips

  8. I, personally return with a short chop, putting the ball closest to the net as possible so the oppnent can only place the ball close and over the net wich for me is essential because then i can attack sending the ball on the far backhand giving the oppnent no time to recover. Or i block with a semi drive giving the ball top spin sending it low in the far forehand as close as possible to the edge of the table letting no space for a substantial attack.

  9. Hi, coach, great videos, educational and fun at the same time. I have seen your video How to win against long pips. Can you make a video how to play with long pips, and win. I am mostly defender, but I try to attack with long pips as often as possible. How can I, for example, return long serve with long pips, and so on. Best regards

  10. Hi coach I m Sambhav from India I wanted to ask u how to build my confidence in a match. I Fail to attack in a match even a very easy ball but i can attack the most difficult ball in practice . Plz help me

  11. Hello there ping pong community!
    I have a super stupid question! When I watch ping pong matches on YouTube with Chinese (women) commentators, when there's a great point they say something like "Piolean!".
    I suppose that it means sth good but could anyone tell me the exact meaning of this please!?

  12. Sir i cant hit the ball from the pivot position to the opponent's forehand can you please tell me about it

  13. Có cách gì thay đổi màu chữ của phụ đề thêm vào không ERT nhỉ? Vì chữ màu trắng bị lẫn vào phần phụ đề tiếng Anh, hơi khó xem.

  14. Excellent vdo- Footwork is the Table Tennis main part-but sir in many places this important things ignore which I observed, so this vdo is very very important to us.Thanks sir

  15. Hi, last years you see more high level players serving more long fast services with variabel spin…last wk even ma long was in trouble through excellent serving of Gardos and had problems. I think also because soms players are so strong on half long/short services with direct scoring bh flip or are very good in lading the ball short. Therefore training a good long serve and 3th ball on the fast receive has become more important in high level tabletennis…what do you think?

  16. Dear EmRatThich, your videos are awesome and very profesional, i have learned a lot and improving, putting in practice your tips in every game. Regards from the other side of the world, from El Salvador.

  17. Hi coach. Thank you very much. It’s very useful. Could you maybe suggest me how I can serve if the serve is really far (near the end of the net to the forehand side) and fast? Looking forward to hearing from you dear coach.

  18. Hi, great video.
    I play an amateur league, and this serve is very effective.
    It is amazing how many amateur players have problems with this serve, that looks like it should be easy to return.
    Oh course if my opponent knows how to return it properly I serve "more normal" serves 😉

  19. How to detect long or short serve early. I see Malone seems to always know if serve is long or short. That way he has a lot of time to return

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