doing and returning the hammer serve

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 11 years ago

cp garciaa

cp garciaa Asked 11 years ago

hey guys,

i always have trouble returning a heavy "hammer serve" if u ever heard of it. its because it seems that the spin is either a side spin or a backspin or sometimes both so i have a hard time returning cause most of the time it goes to the net . i found this serve effective but when i do it, i dont seem to generate a heavy spin. thanks in advance



Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb Answered 11 years ago

Hi Cp,

I've never heard of the hammer serve. But if you are having trouble lifting the ball over the net then you need to angle your bat upwards to counter the backspin.

To generate more spin, you need 2 things. You need to have a fast swing and have a brushing contact. You can practice doing this away from the table to start with and try to get as much spin as you can. Once you are confident in generating a lot of spin, then come back to the table and work on it there.

Hope this helps! 

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gian crispino

gian crispino Posted 11 years ago

I think this hammer serve is actually the tomahawk serve

cp garciaa

cp garciaa Posted 11 years ago

the hammer serve i was referring to was the service that ovtcharov have.

gian crispino

gian crispino Posted 11 years ago

ah ok. I think it was a variation of the tomahawk

Sam Quek

Sam Quek Posted 11 years ago

Interesting name. I wonder is it a variation of the Tomahawk Serve? I think the player who do this "hammer serve" copied Kanta's Tomahawk Serve. Because the motion of Kenta's serve looks like a "hammer" hitting the ball.

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