Table Tennis Blog
I am often asked about my table tennis serve!
How do you serve like that?
There is no magic (I often reply)!
Like everything in life, if you desire something worth while having; YOU MUST WORK FOR IT!, you need to train and be willing to open your mind in order to posses it. I was and still am fascinated by serves, hence why I spent hundreds of hours and thousands of balls perfecting my serve.
When you serve you have full control & power, giving you the opportunity to obtain a weak return or deceive your opponent into making a forced error.
If you want a good serve, you have to be willing to practice over and over and in time you will notice an increase in the amount of spin you impart on the ball and your placement variation.
You must experiment with different hand movements, before, during and after point of contact (with a ball), by using your imagination or watching other world class TT players.
3 key facts to improve your serve:
1. Placement - Three short and three long/half long serves (down the line, mid table and cross court)
2. Spin - Impart spin by whipping your forearm and wrist just before point of contact and at point of contact this creates a fast movement enabling you to gain maximum speed. please remember the contact on the ball must be as thin as possible. The faster your hand movement is and the lighter the contact on the ball the more spin you will create.
3. Deception - Like magic, you must create an illusion to make your opponent think and see something different to what has actually happened. Simply put, when imparting a backspin serve - quickly move your bat in an upward motion, after point of contact (as quickly as possible) this makes the serve look like topspin when in fact it was backspin! There is thousands of variations which can be explored, so experiment and use your imagination.
Watch, learn, experiment...
I began playing when I saw Forrest Gump and from that day it became a life long journey..