Domino Serve

Table Tennis Serving

Last updated 10 years ago

Xavier Naraine

Xavier Naraine Asked 10 years ago

Hey guys, 

One of my friends who takes table tennis lessons was telling me of how his coach could perform a service called the "Domino Serve." He explained to me that it meant that the serve had sidespin one way, and then had sidespin the other way. You might know of the serve, or you might just call it a different name. I've seen Ma Lin do the serve, and a few other Chinese players. Have you heard of the serve, and if you have, how can it be executed?



Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi Xavier,

The ball can only ever have one spin on it.  Sometimes it behaves like it is doing some weird things but the ball can't change it's direction of spin half way through.

If you have some footage that we can look at it would be good so that we can explain what is happening. 

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Andrea Marino

Andrea Marino Posted 10 years ago

Maybe Xavier is referring to the bounces' direction: first bounce slightly in one (left) direction, second one slightly in another (right) direction. Same weird spin to make different bounces.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 years ago

Maybe, I don't think it can even do that.  SOmetimes it straightens up which makes it feel like it has bounced teh other way.

Hannes Lemberg

Hannes Lemberg Posted 10 years ago

Even I can make a serve (1 out of 50) that goes diagonally away on my side of table and then turns opposite on opponent side.

Point is simply that first bounce is near the net and it seems like it goes first left and then right from opponents angle of view.

Alois, stand on right edge of table. Do sidespin, topspin reverse pendulum so, that first bounce of ball is on left close to net and it travels back to the right.

From opponent it seems like it goes first right, then turns to left. There is only one type of spin, but it seems like it goes one way then another.

PS: had same question until I looked at serving revealed dvd. It just explained all those serving things in 2 hours, what ive tried to figure out for months withminimum success.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 years ago

Ok I understand, thanks Hannes.

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