Do you serve as fast as you can

Table Tennis Serving

Last updated 5 years ago

David Samoilov

David Samoilov Asked 5 years ago

When performing a serve are you trying to make it with the maximum speed you’re able to produce with your arm +wrist or are you holding back since its not really worth it risk reward wise?

I'm still learning the serve but if I try to go really fast I will either miss/faill/ or make a bad serve

-sorry for my English 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 years ago

Hi David,

Speed is not a high priority when serving.  It is more important to be able to generate spin and vary the type of spin you are doing.  It is not possible to serve the ball fast enough to really trouble the better players because you have to bounce the ball on your side of the table as well.


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David Samoilov

David Samoilov Posted 5 years ago

Maybe I didn't word it correctly, I meant the speed of the bat. do you try move the bat as fast as you can to create more spin or is that risky


Dakota Castleberg

Dakota Castleberg Posted 5 years ago

As you get better, you want to increase bat speed while maintaining the brushing contact on the ball. Use of wrist plays the larger role than arm speed.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

Hi David,

Yes sorry I misunderstood.  Definitely get a fast bat action and as Dakota says use your wrist as well as your forearm to generate racket speed.


David Samoilov

David Samoilov Posted 5 years ago

No problem , thanks Dakota and Alois.

one last question regarding serving. what is the difference between a normal pendulum to a reverse pendulum

I mean what are the advantage for learning the reverse ? 

side note: today I'm going to go to a local club for the first time I really appreciate all the help you are giving on your site and I really enjoy your shows. I'm much better thanks to your channel and this community/site.

Big thanks. 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

Firstly it is good to hear that you are benefiting from the site.

Great to hear you are going to a club, David.  This is a good step forward.

As far as the Reverse and Pendulum serves, they are just different serves.  When playing someone, you may find one players can deal with one better than the other and the opposite may be true for the next play you face.  Therefore if you have both in your arsenal you will be able to adjust when facing the different opponents.


Johnny Long

Johnny Long Posted 5 years ago

I have some issues when serving with a fast racket action.

The ball tends to go faster and longer-while I'd rather more of a spiny shorter serve.

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

Hi Johnny,

Try to get a finer contact to make the ball go shorter..



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