Stefan Fegerl serve

Table Tennis Serving

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eugene lu

eugene lu Asked 8 years ago

What serve is stefan fegrel doing. He swings his bat behind his body after the serve and look like a pendulum serve but the spin goes to fergrel's forehand. What is the advantage of this serve.

Last question ,my opponent hit the ball so softly that it clip the net falls to my court and didn't bounce, just roll. Whose point is that

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Eugene,

Fegerl does a little bit different serve.  He does almost a mixture of a Punch and Tomahawk action at the end of the serve but his preparation is the same as a Pendulum serve.  So he comes around the other side of the ball with his wrist low.  He also sometimes does the Reverse Pendulum serve where his wrist is higher that the contact.

The advantage is that it is different to most other serves.  It also gets the ball spinning the way he wants it to.

If the ball clips the top of the net and then comes onto your side, it has to bounce a little bit.  It is impossible for it to roll.  There must be a little bounce when the ball drops from that height.  So it would be your opponent's point.

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Ilia Minkin

Ilia Minkin Posted 8 years ago

One can watch Stefan's serve in this video. I can watch it over and over, his forehand is so smooth and fluent.

eugene lu

eugene lu Posted 8 years ago

How do you do this serve?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

For now try copying what he is doing.  We will cover it in our Ask the Coach show #181 tomorrow.

eugene lu

eugene lu Posted 8 years ago

Thx alois I can't wait for tomorrows show


Johan B

Johan B Posted 8 years ago

I think he might not always come around the ball tomahawk style, but sometimes he goes straight under it or even up the normal pendulum side. Perhaps it depends on where in his swing he hits the ball?

Also notice his technique of hiding the follow through. Instead of stopping, twisting the other way or disappearing under the table, he disappears behind his back again

The backswing is partially hidden behind his back, but the main thing is that he can make a really fast swing, since he doesn't have to stop his arm afterwards. It just follows around in a circle, getting him ready for his next shot.

Looking forward to hearing your segment about it on my way to work tomorrow morning :)

Personally, I'm having quite a lot of success doing something similar: I set up for a straight backspin serve, but as I twist back on my way to hitting the ball, I turn it into a heavy backspin tomahawk and then twist my wist upwards... Almost every opponent I face gets really confused and puts it not even into the net but straight into the table on their side laughing

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Nice work Johan. It's nice when you develop a serve that can win you some easy points. Your story illustrates why it's so important to experiment with your serve.

eugene lu

eugene lu Posted 8 years ago

Weird serve fegerl is doing. You were right, you have to find a serve that you like and use to. I tried this serve and can't get much spin and still hard to keep it low.

Carl Carl

Carl Carl Posted 8 years ago

Coach Alois & Jeff I wanted to purchase a Donic Waldner Senso Carbon , where can I order it ? Do you have any website that you can recommend to me , Philippines . Thank you very much (Y)

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Hi Carl,

Sorry don't have  site to recommend.  Hope others will be bale to help out here.

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