The Inventor of Reverse Pendulum Serve

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Erriza Shalahuddin

Erriza Shalahuddin Asked 11 years ago

I'm just wondering, who's the inventor of reverse pendulum serve? This technique has unusual body motion, so I believe there should be a record of the first player who used it.

Anyway, who has the best reverse pendulum? Some options I have here:

1. Timo Boll

2. Michael Maze

3. Zhang Jike

4. Ma Long

5. Werner Schlager

6. Someone else besides those names


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 11 years ago

Hi Erriza,

I am not sure who the inventor was but it has been used for a long time.  One of the first players I saw using it effectively was Schlager.  Only recently it has been used more.  

I like Maze's Reverse Pendulum.

What do others think?

Let's see who can find evidence of the earliest Reverse Pendulum serve.

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Paul Davenport

Paul Davenport Posted 11 years ago

Adrian Mattenet has also got a great reverse pendulum serve.

Cristh Garrido

Cristh Garrido Posted 11 years ago

i don't know wich is the best, everybody has a good technique with the serve, but i rather the reverse pendulum serve of my coach, is really exceptional :D

ker Gordon

ker Gordon Posted 11 years ago

yeah not sure but i see a lot of the modern generations using it especially the younger ones who are probably inspired by top players 

Ji-Soo Woo

Ji-Soo Woo Posted 11 years ago

I'm sure alois won't be surprised I agree with his pick!

Arlen Tan

Arlen Tan Posted 11 years ago

Jike has a pretty good one. It took me quite a while to realize it was a reverse serve and not just a normal pendulum serve.

Erriza Shalahuddin

Erriza Shalahuddin Posted 11 years ago

Haha, it has been used for a long time, huh? Maybe it's some kind of fashion, it's a trend in this era, and maybe replaced by another in next generation. Probably the backhand tomahawk can be a trend someday! :D

Adrien Mattenet? Well, now you've mentioned it, I searched for his game, and I agree he also is a good reverse pendulum user. His serve is quite effective and also good looking as well :D . Maybe I want to try his style in my game.

Orr Margalit

Orr Margalit Posted 11 years ago

i likes timo boll's he do little diffrent


Arlen Tan

Arlen Tan Posted 11 years ago

^ Ah yes, now that you've mentioned it Boll also has a very cool reverse pendulum serve.

Jon Ferguson

Jon Ferguson Posted 2 months ago

Apparently it was first used by Chinese players sometime during the 1980's, but I haven't been able to determine the first player to use it there.

Fan Zhendong is one of the most effective players using this serve, and Liam Pitchford. 

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