Reverse Pendulum Backspin Serve Swing and Contact Part 3 of 9 Table Tennis – Like a Boss!

Welcome to part 3 of the Reverse Pendulum
Backspin Serve Series. The swing is the most important element when
serving the reverse backspin serve. This is the point where most people make the
biggest mistakes in the process. I’m going to assume that you have watched
episodes 1 and 2 in this series as it is vital to get your grip, stance and ball toss correct
before moving on to the swing. The most important point I will make about
the swing is that your upper arm remains near stationary through the entire motion and almost
all the movement comes from your wrist. The movement is much more back and forward
than people realize and is much shorter than you expect. In fact, the entire swing should only be about
6 inches in length when serving short backspin. The best way to ensure you’re getting the
swing correct, is to keep your elbow in a similar position from start to end. There will be some movement forward, but it
should never be the point of focus. The right mindset is get your wrist whipping
and then stopping shortly after the point of contact. The correct contact is a brushing motion on
the bottom and side of the ball. It’s best to try and hit the bottom more than
the side to get backspin. You are looking to get a very fine contact
and strike the ball on this part of the racket. I strongly believe in using reverse frisbee
throws to fully grasp the reverse serve swing. Common Mistakes. 1. Starting with your elbow in the normal
pendulum position. General speaking, it is vital to start in
the reverse pendulum position. It is going to be very difficult to do the reverse serve
without getting your elbow in the correct position during your stance. Some top players are able to start in different
positions for disguise, however I recommend keeping your elbow out to the side regardless
of your level. 2. Straightening the Elbow. Straightening the elbow during the serve is
the most common mistake and normally results in limited backspin on your reverse serve. It means that a lot of your momentum is going
out to the side instead of forward towards the table. 3. Using your shoulder to generate the spin. As the upper arm tends to move slower than
the wrist and forearm, I strongly advise keeping the shoulder out of all serves, as much as
possible. 4. Contacting the ball too thick or too close
to the middle of the racket. A thick contact will result in too much speed
and not enough spin.

10 thoughts on “Reverse Pendulum Backspin Serve Swing and Contact Part 3 of 9 Table Tennis – Like a Boss!

  1. Fantastic video! This is the best video explaining the reverse pendulum serves. Thank you very much for making this video. Please upload other parts of this series like how to do reverse pendulum top spin serve and also videos of other serves and table tennis skills. A million thanks to you!!!

  2. Excellent tutorial, demystifying the serve in a step by step process. I think I saw another Australian, Melissa Tapper use a similar serve.

  3. A super nitty-gritty question. I notice that as you toss the ball up, your whole body goes up including your playing hand. Isn't it better to tkeep the body at the same level throughout the whole motion? I can explain where my question comes from. I used to do the service from the normal pendulum starting position, but got dissatisfied with the spin. When I start in the reverse position, I can get more spin, but failure rate is very high. I notice that as I toss the ball, my playing hand goes upwards, and after that it becomes extremely difficult to line it up against the ball for a thin contact. So I wonder if I should try keep my playing hand at the same height, or lifting it up is OK and things will click after practice.

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