Pendulum service elbow

Table Tennis Serving

Last updated 9 months ago

Vijay Madge

Vijay Madge Asked 10 months ago

I have discovered of late that while doing the pendulum sidespin and top spin serves lifting the elbow helps a great deal. In fact, it is crucial. As I started doing it consciously and making my stance more side on a great deal fluency seems to have flowed into my serve. Same with backspin serves. On right track?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 months ago

Hi Vijay,

Good to hear from you.

It definitely sounds like you are on the right track.  If you are feeling comfortable and managing to vary the spin then that is perfect.

It is interesting that different players have different things that trigger the action for them.  I am glad that you have discovered the lifting of the elbow helps you to get the flow with the serve.

I like to think of the elbow staying still during the serve and the movement coming front he forearm and wrist to generate whatever spin, speed and placement you need.


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