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I have lot’s of serves that have much sidespin (tomahawk serves, pendulum serves and an Ovcharov in a much more basic version let’s say ( J ) ).
I’m trying to figure out which serve I could use that is the safe in terms that less people would try to attack immediately on the return. Because the people that are used to the serves after a while are sometimes bringing me into trouble.
example: when I give a pendulum topspin across, It’s either
1) long & often fast towards the corner of the table.
2) shorter and crossing the side of the table halfway the opponents side.
In both cases the opponent sometimes chop the ball back and then it’s hard for me to attack or smash that ball.
I do know short serves are more safe in general because long means the opponent can attack.
But where should I focus on when doing topspin serves? Are there any basic rules to consider?
Should I try to give shorter topspin serves?
Should I make sure that the ball doesn't cross the side of the table?
I think you would be better focusing on serving with backspin rather than Topspin. Also keeping the serve short is also a key.
If you can develop a good short backspin serve you will trouble a lot of players.
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