Reverse Pendulum Backspin Serve Part 2 Table Tennis


Hi, I’m Brett Clarke and welcome to part 2
of the Reverse Pendulum Backspin Serve Series with member Laj. If you haven’t watched part 1, you will need
to click here and watch it first. For those of you who don’t have time, let’s
take a look at Laj’s serve again from part 1. As you can see, his serve was good compared
to the average player, however there was lots of room for improvement. Let’s just quickly go over some of the things
that could be improved. The serve was too slow and high, Laj was too
front-on, his arm finished in a straight position, his body was too upright and the serve lacked
heavy spin. So Laj went away and practiced his frisbee
throws and his floor and table serves. Before making this video, Laj told me he put
approximately 4 hours into training this serve over 10 days or so. He broke it down into
30 minute sessions. So let’s get straight into it and look at
the actual results. The first thing I notice is his body position
looks much more professional, the flight of the ball is now close to optimal as it is
low, fast, short and it has quite good spin. His ball toss looks better too as he is consistently
tossing the ball up to around eye level, which is one of the recommendations I made in my
9 part Reverse Pendulum series. Let’s check out the side by side and find
out what has actually changed here. Straight away, you’ll be able to see that
the serve on the right looks so much sharper and is more like a serve that you would expect
to see from a highly rated player. I can see some real improvement here. The
big change is in his elbow finishing position, he is no longer straightening his elbow during
the swing as was previously. Much of his energy was going out to the side
before and now he is getting some forward momentum, which is the reason he is getting
better spin and speed. He is much more bent over in an aggressive
serving position, his head is lower, which is important if you want to do this serve
well. From behind, we are going to see the same
improvements. Again, much better position with the elbow, as huge difference in his
body position and notice that he is now more side on with his right leg well behind his
left. Fortunately for this series, there is still
a minor problem with Laj’s swing. Watch the side-by-side with my serve. At first glance, the serves look the same.
Laj is actually bent over better than I am and his ball toss height is more practical
for learning this serve. However, look at the finishing positions of
our wrist. The finishing position tells me that Laj’s wrist movement was side to side
and not towards the table. Having the bat coming towards the table is
critical on all serves for maximum spin. This was Laj’s serve a couple of weeks ago.
His entire forearm and wrist were moving the wrong direction. This is his swing today.
His wrist is still going out to the side, which is subtle but has an impact on the amount
of spin and speed he can generate. This what we’re looking for. The swing should
be back and forward rather than side to side. Then you can maximize spin and speed. In part 1, I recommended reverse frisbee throws.
It is near impossible to spin the frisbee with a side to side wrist motion. So this
exercise forces you into using the correct mechanics for the reverse backspin pendulum
serve. Based on his wrist movement during the serve,
it is not surprising to see that the reverse frisbee throws were a real challenge for Laj. He is struggling to make the frisbee spin
with forward momentum and I suspect this training is exactly what Laj needs to improve his serves. I also talked about floor serves as an effective
way to ensure you’re getting the right balance of backspin and sidespin by making the ball
turn at 90 degrees off the floor. Laj also had trouble making the ball stop
and turn the corner. This isn’t an easy task for anyone but is a great training exercise
as you get excellent feedback about your backspin and sidespin ratios. A side to side wrist movement will make it
near impossible to get enough backspin on your floor serves. The ball won’t stop and
make a left hand turn. Let’s look again at the finishing position
of the wrist. My advice to Laj before part 3 in this series
is to try and improve those reverse frisbee throws and floor serves and keep working on
the table serve. We need that wrist coming forward. The frisbee throws will help the swing and
the floor serves will give amplified feedback about the results. This serve isn’t easy and it takes serious
time and effort to get it right. Even some Pros steer clear as it is really difficult
to do. To sum up, I’m thrilled with Laj’s progress
in such a short period of time. I think he is 90% of the way to a seriously good reverse
backspin pendulum serve, however getting the wrist action right is going to be a major
challenge. It will be very interesting to see the results
in part 3. If you’ve enjoyed this video, you can go to
for more tutorials by World Class player William Henzell and…..me.

5 thoughts on “Reverse Pendulum Backspin Serve Part 2 Table Tennis

  1. I like your teaching style very much, Brett. You not only make it fun, but you use different ways to get the instructional message across. The frisbee is genius.  I wish you could be my coach!

  2. Hi Brett i have managed to do this serve on the floor but when i try to do the same on the table , it either catches the edge or goes into the net. plz advise

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