Forehand Service Returns
By Carl Danner

It’s a good idea for attacking players to try to return as many serves as possible with their forehands. Moving into a forehand return position will let you more easily attack those serves that bounce deep, and attack the following shot (the fourth ball) if your opponent gives you something loose when playing your return. Using your forehand consistently will also reduce the complexity of your short pushing and flipping game by letting you focus on technique for that side.

You can work gradually into making more forehand returns. Just start moving left (for a right-hander) that invisible point on the table at which you choose forehand over backhand. That recalibration and a little added footwork can make your return game more aggressive and effective.