A strange serve

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 11 years ago

Tevia Sapire

Tevia Sapire Asked 11 years ago

Hi Pingskills,

Could you verify what happened when Schlager did the serve at 4:33 in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbjcyS8Mmys&feature=related   . The serve seems to have reverse side topspin and yet the motion clearly suggests straight backspin. A player did this exact serve to me once and i tried to flick it as light backspin, and it went miles from the table! So can you tell me what he is doing, how to recognise it and even how to do it.

I hope you can see it its difficult cause he does it so fast and the angle to see what he is doing isnt the best.

Its a cool video in anycase, its nice to know that even the world's best have a fun game in the garage every now and again :)

Thanks and Happy Holidays


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 11 years ago

Hi Tevia,

This is definitely a topspin serve.

If you watch carefully he actually goes up with his bat before he goes down.  He hits it on the up swing and therefore generates topspin. In our upcoming video on Receiving Secrets, we will show you that watching the serve really carefully is one of the keys.  It is easy to be deceived by the extra actions of the server.  You need to watch the exact contact point by tracking the ball really carefully.


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andrew brand

andrew brand Posted 11 years ago

do you have a guess as to when the dvd will be released? i think this one will be popular. who doesnt want to improve their return of serve?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 11 years ago

We have done the first filming.  Depending on whether we see other content that is required after the editing process, we could have it by February for download.

Tevia Sapire

Tevia Sapire Posted 11 years ago

Thanks Alois for the answer. Am really looking forward to the receiving secrets DVD.

I could distuingish that the chopping action was fake but i cant seem to see the topspin motion. I have looked over the serve a few times but cant see the point when he actually generates the topspin, but I will definitely keep looking.



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