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Table Tennis/ Ping-Pong Basic Strokes - Forehand Pendulum Sidespin Serve


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Contact With the Ball
Photo of FH Pendulum Sidespin Serve - Contact With the Ball

Contact With the Ball

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The ball has now been struck by the player.

Points to look for:

  • The wrist has now snapped forward, as can been seen by the change in where the tip of the bat is now pointing. This is why the serve is called a pendulum serve.
  • The bat has made contact mainly on the side of the ball, and a little underneath it, as viewed by the camera. The slight under motion will put a little backspin on the ball, while the left to right motion will put heavy sidespin on the ball. This combination of spins is harder for an opponent to read than just pure backspin or pure sidespin. Remember that this serve is intended to look similar to the forehand pendulum backspin/sidespin serve, in the hopes of deceiving the receiver.
  • Since the receiver can clearly see the contact of the ball, deception is achieved by varying the angle at which the bat is held, which will change the proportion of sidespin to backspin. Further deceptions can be made by changing the amount of wrist snap used, or the speed with which the playing arm is moved. The amount of brush can also be varied to add to the deception of the serve.
  • The ball has been brushed heavily to give good spin, with only a little bit of solid contact. This is designed to give a slow, spinny serve, that will bounce twice on the opponent's side of the table if left untouched.

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