Hello, welcome back. This is PingSunday (table tennis lesson every Sunday). Ma Long’s serve secret – How to weight transfer and to stomp in table tennis. So today we learn Ma Long’s serving secret “How to move during the serve in table tennis”.
How to move after a table tennis serve
A player asked “coach, can you make a video about how should move after the serve”.
So today we learn Ma Long’s serving secret “How to move during the serve in table tennis”.
My video has the subtitle, please turn on the subtitle to understand me better.
The serve in table tennis is very important.
Chinese coach said that the serve will decide nearly 50% of the value of the table tennis player.
If you have a good serve, then you have a great advantage to attack the next ball.
Amateur player error during the serve
Amateur players often don’t know what to do next after the serve.
After serving, they often stay at the same place.
They don’t prepare for the next shot, that’s why they can’t attack the return correctly.
Ma Long’s serving secret
Today let’s learn how Ma Long does during his serve. There are 3 stages during Ma Long’s serve. The first one is the weight transfer. The second one is the jump or the stomp with his left leg. Number 3, getting to the ready stance to attack the return.
Step 1: Weight transfer
As you can see, before the serve, all of his weight is on his left foot. He throws the ball up, the weight is shifted to the right foot. This step is very important. This is the preparation step for the weight transfer during the serve. Weight transfer is the way that Chinese coaches said: “serve using your body”. It’s more fluid, smoother to generate the force by using this way.
Step 2: Stomp with the left foot
Many amateur players have stomped with their right foot. It’s wrong. You should make a small jump with your left foot. Because you will rotate the body and make the small jump at the same time.
Please try this when you do the serve in your table tennis club. You will understand what I’m talking about. Try to use the left foot to make a small jump, but don’t use your right foot to stomp. You will recover faster.
Step 3: Be ready before the opponent touches the ball
Be ready for the next shot.
This is very important. Many wonders why Chinese players are so fast. They attack the next ball just after the serve. Here is the answer. Top Chinese players are ready before the opponent touch the ball. You can see that Ma Long is ready to attack before the opponent hits the ball.
If you want to improve, then you need to be in the ready stance before the opponent touches the ball. This way you won’t be surprised.
here is another example. You can see that Ma Long always has the same routine for his serve. Very consistent.
Step 1: Weight transfer.
Step 2: Stomp with the left foot
Step 3: Be ready before the opponent touches the ball.
There are a lot of things to learn in table tennis.
That is for today for the Pingsunday video (table tennis lesson every Sunday).
Next Saturday, I will make another giveaway. Congratulation to Sergio, who has won 50 USD of the first giveaway.
Have a nice Sunday!
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Coach EmRatThich was born in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1983. He started playing table tennis at the age of 8. After finishing his Ph.D. in Paris, University Pierre Marie Curie (Sorbonne University) in 2011, he is now a table tennis coach in a small club in France (about 153 players). Interested in table tennis coaching for a global audience, he founded pingsunday.com, one of the best online coaching programs for table tennis players. Using the Chinese coaching philosophy, his table tennis lessons are free, which allows many table tennis players to improve fast. He can speak English, French, Vietnamese, and a little bit of Chinese.