What is the best stroke to return short dead-ball serves? If returning a longer dead-ball serve or block off the table using topspin what are the key technique factors and what would be the contact point on the ball?
Hey Jersba,the best way to deal with a short deal ball is usually a flick or a good positive and aggressive push to get the opponent on the back foot early. When playing against a longer dead ball the contact point should at the top of the bounce to give you the most margin for error and be able to play a positive shot.
It’s important not to put too much topspin on your shot against a really dead ball as it can go off the end easily, so try to brush the ball through in a more forward motion and don’t lift up to much making sure your bat finishes in front of you.