Service After/Before Motion

Table Tennis Serving

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Spinny Asked 1 year ago

Hello Alois,

I can do the reverse pendulum serve and a side-spin pedulum serve, and a few others consistently; however, they are easily readable. This would work in lower-level divisions, but if I were to play in higher divisions, they could be read easily and returned very well; giving the opponent upper hand in the rally.

I would like to add after/before motion to them to make them much more confusing, but when I try to, my service breaks down and loses consistency and spin.

I am wondering if I should practice adding after/before motion to my serves during practice or focus more on improving my serves and add confusing motion later

My question is: is after/before something you add on to a serve later as you improve, or is the motion built into the muscle memory of the serve itself?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 year ago


I think you can start to play around with deceptive motions while developing the serve.  The first thing is to make sure you are generating good spin on contact.  Once you have that then I think deceptive movements are something that are feasible to work on.

Don't worry if the reliability of your serve goes backwards when you start to experiment.  This is part of the process for developing the serve.

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