Advanced Table Tennis Serve Tutorial by ciccone85

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									              Advanced Table Tennis Serve Tutorial
Advanced table tennis serve
The table tennis serve is the most important stroke in the game because it provides the
only situation in which you have total control over how and where you play the ball.

And an advanced table tennis serve will give you an even greater advantage over your
opponent.

So if you really want to improve your game you'll need a variety of advanced services so
that you can vary the spin, speed, disguise and direction of the ball.

For advanced service technique, the use of the wrist is of paramount importance.

 Short backspin serve

The short backspin serve makes it difficult for your opponent to play an attacking stroke,
so it can be an effective serve to use.

   1. Stand close to, and facing, the table and take a low stance. Keep your arm relaxed
      and your wrist loose.

   2. Throw the ball upwards, as near vertically as possible, so that it rises at least
      16cm (6 inches) after leaving your hand.

   3. Allow the ball to drop and then, with a forward action, hit the ball with your
      racket - striking the ball on the descent with a fast wrist action and brushing
      underneath the ball - so that it imparts maximum backspin onto the ball.

   4. You should use as short a stroke as possible and keep your body movement to a
      minimum.

You must ensure that the ball bounces on your side of the table and then goes over the net
and bounces at least twice on your opponent's side of the table.




My top table tennis techniques:
This advanced table tennis serve would normally be used to limit your opponent's
chances of attacking the ball. It also increases the chances of you getting a return that is
long enough to attack.

Try to strike the ball on the bottom/back part with a fast wrist action to impart maximum
backspin and ensure that the ball bounces on your side of the table close to the net as
shown in the above diagram.

This advanced table tennis serve can easily be practiced alone - Use multi-ball practice
(i.e. have several balls).

 Backhand sidespin serve

The short backhand sidespin service limits your opponent's options on which shots to
play, so it increases the chances of a weak return.




   1. Stand close to, and facing, the table and take a low stance.
      Keep your arm relaxed and your wrist loose.
   2. Throw the ball upwards, as near vertically as possible, so that it rises at least
      16cm (6 inches) after leaving your hand.




   3. Allow the ball to drop and then, with a sideways and slightly forward action, hit
      the ball with your racket.

       Use as short a stroke as possible and keep your body movement to a minimum.

       Strike the ball with a fast wrist action on the back/middle part of the ball so that it
       imparts maximum sidespin onto the ball.

 High toss serve

The high toss service is one of the best table tennis techniques you can master and is
favoured by many of the top players because the speed of the ball falling onto the racket
helps you to impart extra spin and speed onto the ball.

Forehand high toss serve from the backhand court
1. Stand close to the table in your backhand corner.

   Keep your arm relaxed and your wrist loose.




2. Throw the ball upwards, as near vertically as possible, so that it rises at least
   60cm (24 inches) after leaving your hand.

   NB. You must ensure that your free arm and your body do not disguise the point
   of contact of the ball on the racket.
   3. Allow the ball to drop and then strike the ball using a fast, loose wrist action so
      that you impart maximum spin onto the ball.

      Use as short a stroke as possible and keep your body movement to a minimum.

      Your racket should strike the ball when it is about 15cm (6 inches) above the
      surface of the table, i.e. the same height as the net.

   4. Use different stroke actions to produce variations in spin.




   5. Use your follow-through action to disguise the type of spin you've imparted onto
      the ball by moving the racket in a different direction to the direction used when
      you struck the ball.

My top table tennis techniques:
This advanced table tennis serve would normally be used to stop the receiver from
attacking - and when you want to attack the return, so it's one of the best table tennis
techniques to master.

With this type of service, you can create many different subtle variations of spin. You can
apply sidespin, together with either topspin or backspin - and keep your opponent
guessing as to what type of service he'll receive.

By imparting sidespin on the ball, you can also encourage your opponent to return the
ball to a specific area - which increases your chances of attacking the ball.

Generally you should try to keep the service short over the net to limit your opponent's
chances of attacking the ball, but you should also vary the length, speed and direction of
your service in order to unsettle your opponent.

   1. A long fast service may be produced using a slightly closed bat angle. The ball
      should make contact with the table within the first third on your side.

   2. A short, relatively slow service may be produced using an open bat angle. The
      ball should make contact with the table around two thirds of the way down your
      half.

   3. A particularly effective short service is one in which the second bounce on your
      opponent's side (if the ball is not played) makes contact with the table at or very
      near the end of the table.




Advanced service return
Once you've mastered the basic push and drive strokes to return service, you should move
on to mastering a variety of positive, rather than passive, returns.

The three which are favoured by most leading players to return a short service are:

   1. Short Push

       The short push return makes it difficult for your opponent to play an attacking
       stroke, so it can be an effective stroke to play.
      1. Stand very close to, and facing, the table and take a low stance.

      2. Keep your arm relaxed and your wrist loose. Your free arm should point
         towards the ball to assist with your balance.

      3. Lean over the table and, using a very short stroke, hit the ball before it
         reaches the top of the bounce.

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   The purpose of this stroke is to stop your opponent from playing an attacking
   stroke, so you should try to make sure that your shot is also played short over the
   net and to a wide angle.

   You should ensure that the ball bounces at least twice on your opponent's side of
   the table.

2. Fast Attacking Push

   Use the same technique as the short push (above), but use a fast wrist action to
   push the ball deep and fast.

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   Aim your shot into the crossover point (the crossover point is the area in which
   the player has no obvious choice of forehand or backhand. For a right handed
   player, the crossover point is roughly in line with the right hip) or play it wide.

3. Forehand Flick

   Whilst the push shot uses an open racket, the forehand flick uses a closed racket.

   The technique used is the same but you hit over the back or top of ball, using a
   loose wrist action.

								
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