Table Tennis Backspin Serve – Like a Boss!


I can’t believe William Henzell has got me
dusting the walls before my backspin service
video. This video is going to be bigger than
Ben Hur and here I am dusting the walls.
Hi views, my name is Brett Clarke and welcome
to my
backspin serve video. Doing a great backspin
serve is all about using the wrist and the
forearm and I’m going to teach you how to
do that properly, so you can go away and get
backspin on your serve.
The best way to hold the bat is to make a
fist and slip the bat between your thumb and
your fingers. The key to learning the backspin
serve is to get your bat close to your stomach
and to lock your elbow back in behind you
body.
This apparatus may look like a duster purchased
at Tesco Lotus in Northern Thailand for about
3 dollars, but let me assure you it’s much
much more. I can categorically tell you that
this is a Japanese Ninja Backspin Service
Assistant.
I bet you’re asking how do I actually use
the Japanese Ninja Service Assistant to learn
to serve the backspin serve and it’s a great
question. Let me show you.
Grab your bat. Remember the fist position.
Put the Ninja Assistant behind your back,
such as this and lock it in. Once you’ve done
that you are ready to practice your first
good position backspin service.
Notice how the Assistant locks my elbows back
in behind me so I can’t use my upper and shoulder
to do the serve.
So now, you’ve got the Ninja Assistant device
locked in correctly, you need to practice
your serve over and over again. With your
non-playing hand pretend that you’re tossing
up the ball and with your playing hand, swing
at it!
This is how the swing would look from front
on. From the other side.
If you aren’t lucky enough to have a quality
Japanese Ninja Serving Assistant, you can
use anything like a mop, a broom, a golf club,
a stick. Anything that will allow you to lock
your arms back in place and behind you to
practice your backspin serve.
This is how the serve looks without the Ninja
Assistant.
You can practice that for a few minutes so
you totally get the feel of how to get the
bat close to your stomach and the elbow locked
in behind your body.
This is me warming up for the bed serve.
Once you are all ready to do the bed serve,
make sure you left foot is in front of your
right and you will need to be bending your
knees and getting ready to use your wrist
and forearm to generate as much backspin as
possible.
Notice how my elbow is locked in behind me,
before, during and after the serve.
You goal here is to hit the ball low out onto
the bed, with as much backspin as you can
possibly get. If you do it correctly, the
ball should go come straight back to you.
Notice how my elbow is locked in behind me,
before, during and after the serve.
You goal here is to hit the ball low out onto
the bed, with as much backspin as you can
possibly get. If you do it correctly, the
ball should go come straight back to you.
Now moving on to the floor serve. Your goal
should be to hit the ball out about 7 meters
and have enough backspin on the ball to bring
it back.
Watch again for the elbow locked in behind
the body. From this angle, you can actually
see the wrist snapping through to get the
backspin on the ball.
A very fast wrist and forearm action is what’s
needed to bring that ball back to you.
This next serve here, is actually a very good
one. It goes out low along the ground for
about 7 meters and comes back extremely fast.
Last but not least, we have the table serve.
This is bringing together everything we have
learned so far.
Once you’ve mastered the bed and floor technique,
this should be pretty easy
Make sure your left leg is touching the corner
of the table, so there’s no gaps, where
you can accidently serve down.
Here, I’ve placed a couple of green foam
mats on the opponent’s side of the table
and I’ve done this for 2 specific reasons.
One, they are soft and a little big grippy,
so I can see the reaction from my backspin,
as it hits the green mat. The second reason
is for accuracy. I want to be serving at a
target, so I learn to have complete control
over my backspin serve.
If you watch the reaction off the green mats,
you’ll notice just how much backspin you
can generate, when you get the mechanics correct.
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