Ma Long serve secret in table tennis

Ma Long’s serve secret (How to weight transfer)

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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”.

How to move during the table tennis serve
How to move during the table tennis 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.

Attack the return right after the serve
Attack the return right after the serve

Amateur player error during the serve

Amateur players often don’t know what to do next after the serve.

Amateur player is not ready after the serve
An amateur player is not ready after the serve

After serving, they often stay at the same place.

Amateur player stays too close to the table after the serve so they can't attack the next ball correctly
Amateur player stays too close to the table after the serve so they can’t attack the next ball correctly

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.

3 steps of Ma Long during his serve
3 steps of Ma Long during his serve

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.

Ma Long using the weight transfer concept during his serve
Ma Long using the weight transfer concept during his serve
Before the serve, the weight is on the left foot
Before the serve, the weight is on the left foot
Making during the weight transfer when throwing the ball up
Making during the weight transfer when throwing the ball up

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.

Stomp with your left foot not the right foot
Stomp with your left foot not the right foot

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.

Ma Long is ready before the opponent touches the ball
Ma Long is ready before the opponent touches 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.

The winner of my first give-away
The winner of my first give-away
I've sent him 50USD as the give-away
I’ve sent him 50USD as the give-away

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