Serving with SP

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Last updated 10 years ago

Ji-Soo Woo

Ji-Soo Woo Asked 10 years ago

Hi Alois

Are there any adjustments (both in terms of technique and tactics) you should make when serving with SPs?  Or is it exactly the same as serving with inverted (except with reduced spin)?

I'm gone back into an equipment junkie experimental phase and plan to try all sorts of different combinations over the next 6 months at least, including antispin, SP and maybe LP.  This will be good education for me for the future when having to play these different rubbers myself.  There is very little available in terms of coaching for these rubbers and it would be great if pingskills could do some instructional DVD.  It would be a must-buy for me, along with the tactics DVD from the pingskills classic.



Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi Ji-Soo,

Serving with short pimples is the same and as you say it will just generate less spin.  the ball will not grip on the surface as much so you may need alter the angle of your bat a little.

We are going to cover the use of short pimples as well as playing against short pimples in our Match strategy lessons... coming up...

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Ji-Soo Woo

Ji-Soo Woo Posted 10 years ago

When I see videos of good local Australian players using SP, they usually have just a very tight, disciplined no-frills pendulum serve which they do all the time.  The best SP player in Canberra always does a short BH serve.  I've never really seen SP players serve with the flair and variety you associate with inverted rubber players...such as reverse pendulum for example, or the tomahawk.  Just wondering whether this was the way to go with SP or whether I should continue serving the way I had served before with inverted.  I guess only experience actually serving with SP will answer this in time.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 years ago

I guess since you can't generate as much spin you need to concentrate more on placement and getting the ball low or fast to position.

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