Serving long

Table Tennis Serving

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Jesus Calle

Jesus Calle Asked 9 years ago

Hello Coach

We have a right handed player, he is a child 9, not very tall.

His serve is usually (from the left) (1)a short back-spin forehand pendulum(very flat) down the line or (2) a side-spin middle-long tomahawk to the backhand (RH opponent) or to the middle. (3) From the right he serves a short back-spin tomahawk to the oponent FH (RH player)

We need to develope a long serve to surprise from time to time.

The pendulum serve is not easy for him.

Which service do you think is suitable for him to work on?

Which method to follow?

Thank you very much


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Jesus,

I think the Tomahawk serve is easiest for shorter players.  The Pendulum serve is difficult because of their height.

He can serve this long as well with a bit more speed on his swing.

Because he can hit the ball from above shoulder height he will be able to get the ball to bounce on the table correctly.  Get him to hit the ball down close to him on his owen side.


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Frendy Halim

Frendy Halim Posted 9 years ago

I also have a friend that can't play table tennis so he ask me to teach her
so, first I try to develop her serve but it seems it's difficult to her. I've watch the service video for the beginers and coach but it seems very hard for her to just do bounce and bounce
She's a little short too, but if I try to teach her how to do tomahawk serve it's impossible 'cause she can control the power of the bat and the contact of the ball
so can you tell me how to teach her serving ?
thank you ^^


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Just follow the basic serving lesson.  Get her to do the hit bounce bounce.  I have found that works with even the very young children.


Frendy Halim

Frendy Halim Posted 9 years ago

yes, it's still hard for her
it's no matter right by bounce bounce even the ball is high ?



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