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I have been training for a long time on a pendulum serve, diagonal with mostly backspin, with double bounce or more. Let's say I've done 10 sessions of 100 serves each. The results are converging to a 80% success rate, about 15% into the net and 5% single bounce. Here's a summary of the technique I'm using:
I can decrease the rate of the ball going into the net by increasing the contact height. This will however automatically increase the single bounce rate - they seem to be communicating vessels. I can make it bounce 3 times or even return by increasing the backswing and refining the contact point, but it will increase my net failure rate.
A 80% success rate makes me wary of using the technique in matches, where I will invariably make contact higher and less brushing, resulting in a pushy short ball without much spin.
How to improve the numbers and restore confidence so that I can use the same serve in matches?
Thanks a lot.
You can start to hit the ball more directly into your side of the table, closer to you and also faster. Still focus on the contact being a fine brush at the bottom of the ball.
It just takes time to get these fine skills right and to a level where you are confident to use it in a tight match.
You are at the early stages of getting the feel of generating backspin. Now you need to progress to a more match type of serve. You can still use the slower serve sometimes in a match where the ball bounces closer to the net but in general try to get the ball bouncing closer to you.
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