Reverse Pendulum Serve – Action Plan – Table Tennis – Like a Boss!


Welcome to part 9 of the Reverse Pendulum
Backspin Serve series. It’s time to talk about the Action Plan for
mastering both the Reverse Pendulum Backspin serve and the Reverse Pendulum Topspin serve. If you haven’t done so, you’ll need to watch
part 1-8 of this series as well as the Reverse Pendulum Topspin Serve Tutorial. First of all, you’ll need to go to a toy store
and purchase a frisbee. The quality is unimportant and a couple of dollars is all that is needed. Also you need a few balls to either put in
your pocket or a container. A video camera or smartphone with video and
a tripod are also great assets as it’s important to see how your serve looks to avoid all the
common mistakes. It best to start the entire process of learning
this serve by getting your stance right and attempting reverse frisbee throws. The reverse frisbee throw will give you the
correct feel of the serve. I strongly recommend videoing your first session
with the frisbee to ensure you’re getting it right. 10-15 minutes is often enough to give you
correct feedback about the mechanics of this serve. If you’re struggling to get the frisbee to
spin, you will need to take additional time to get it right. Once you’re sure you have the stance and frisbee
technique correct, start to practice your ball toss in isolation. Video yourself and make sure the toss is straight
and you’re able to maintain your stance. 5 minutes should be enough. Then more on to the floor serve. I recommend
doing floor serves until you can make the ball stop and turn the corner frequently. If you can’t you haven’t got the mechanics
correct and you won’t be able to get backspin on your serve. Take the time to watch the
swing and contact video and also make sure your grip is correct. The amount of time needed to master the floor
serve will vary from player to player. This step is going to be the most difficult
in this process and it may take 3 hours or more of training. Break this time up into 15 minute sessions
over a couple of weeks, rather than attempting to perfect it in a single day. Again, video your progress and match your
mechanics against the tutorials in this series. When you can successfully make the ball turn
at right-angles, you need to test the serve on the table. Watch the targets video and start taking shots.
Video these sessions to get feedback about your swing. If swings looks similar to your floor serve,
then you are on your way. If not, go back to the floor and get a better feel for the
swing. Once you’re serving consistently on the table
and you are occasionally hitting the targets, watchthe Reverse Pendulum Topspin video. Go
to the table and give it a try. Note that the stance and ball toss are identical
to the Reverse Pendulum Backspin Serve and only the contact point and swing are the subtle
differences. Video your topspin serve and make sure your
start and finishing positions are near identical for both backspin and topspin. If they aren’t you’re probably making one
of the common mistakes. Check the lists to so which common mistakes you are making. At this stage, you should be visualizing the
desired flight path of the ball before each serve and trying to replicate the outcome. Try to see the ball going low over the net. Your video footage will provide evidence regarding
the flight of your serve. After you are competent at both topspin and
backspin, you can slowly start to add the recovery into the serve. Adding the recovery will be a difficult step
and your technique will be seriously tested. If you find yourself serving poorly, go back
to serving on the table, without the recovery, until you regain confidence in your technique. After adding the recovery, you are ready to
take this serve and try it out on your training partners. Don’t expect miracles at first. It will take
a few months before this serve is a real weapon that elevates your rating. You will need to
keep training the serve either immediately before or after your regular practice sessions. 10 minutes per training session of mixing
up topspin and backspin with targets and recovery should be enough for you to continue to improve. If you would like to come on a journey with
me and learn how to slow down and finally get your basics right, you can go to. You will also be able to view 150 instructional
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7 thoughts on “Reverse Pendulum Serve – Action Plan – Table Tennis – Like a Boss!

  1. should only attempt this serve if you have already mastered the regular pendulum serve.

    this serve is best used as a variation until mastery rather then a main serve. because its very hard to get lots of backspin consistency. its good for beginners to use it as a variation. so the return might pop up.

    plus mastering the pendulum will provide a more loose and flexible wrist, capable of performing fakes. 

    it should be noted that the highest level of serving mastery is that the regular and reverse action should be indistinguishable.

    Great video Brett. very good idea on frisby drills, although i think floor drills are only for absolute beginners, that cant distinguish the spin.

  2. Hey Brett,

    At first i want to thank you for these great videos – they're incredible helpful! 🙂 I've trained both serves alot now and I'm capable of doing both versions of the serve now in their short form. My problem is to get them long only with a short wrist movement like you do :[ Can you please help me out?

    Greetings from Germany :]

  3. This is a great video, but does it matter that the service he is showing is illegal? The ball has to be thrown vertically (as possible) and everytime I see him serve he is throwing the ball backwards towards his body. Also, the ball is almost hidden in his serve. Just wondering if I should work on adapting this to accommodate the rules or if I'll be okay doing it like this?

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