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Learn the basic backhand serve in table tennis

Hello, welcome back to PingSunday, table tennis lessons every Sunday. I’m EmRatThich. Learn the basic backhand serve in table tennis with Zhao Yiyi, and coach EmRatThich.

Today, let’s learn the basic backhand serve in table tennis. Backhand serve is one of the 10 fundamental skills in table tennis. Why?


Should we learn the backhand serve?

Yes, look at this match. Backhand serve, and backhand serve only.

backhand serve techniques
backhand serve techniques

Because the backhand serve has excellent characteristics like fast action and strong deceptive motion. If you are a defender, or a backhand dominant player, you need to learn the backhand serve.

Dimitrij Ovtcharov stands near the middle of the table
Dimitrij Ovtcharov stands near the middle of the table


Basic backhand serve techniques

Now, let’s learn the essentials of the backhand sidespin serve.



Using the backhand serve, you don’t need to move. You can stay near the middle of the table. This is the big advantage of the backhand serve.

Use the waist in your backhand serve
Use the waist in your backhand serve

Stand near the middle of the table, on the left half, and lean forward slightly.

The second advantage is the footwork. Put your right foot in front, left foot behind.

The left palm holds the ball in front of the body.

Yin pai and throw the ball up
Yin pai and throw the ball up

“Yin pai”, throw the ball up (at least 16 cm).

Waist turned to the left. Use the waist to add more force to your serve.

When the ball drops to the net height, the forearm accelerates to hit the ball forward. This action will add sidespin to the ball.

topspin and underspin
topspin and underspin

After hitting the ball, the arm continues to move the side. Make a small jump for the next ball.


What is the difference between the topspin-sidespin serve, and the underspin-sidespin serve?

underspin and topspin
underspin and topspin

It is where you hit on the ball, and the direction of the force.

To make the backhand serve with top sidespin, you hit the ball on the side. You also hit the ball upward, with the racket’s face open.

backhand serve by Darko Jorgic (backhand dominant player)
backhand serve by Darko Jorgic (backhand dominant player)

To make the backhand serve with underspin, you hit the ball at the lower part.


Conclusions

1 – The backhand serve in general has less spin and speed than the forehand serve. That’s why using the backhand serve is less popular. However, it depends on the playing style, backhand serve has many advantages.

2 – The backhand serve is done in front of your body, so the main force is from the wrist and the forearm. To increase the quality of your serve, try turning the waist.

See you in the next video.



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