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      how to efficiently brush the ball during a serve ?

      Guys can you please tell me how to efficiently brush the ball during a pendulum serve. When I serve it feels more like that I am hitting the ball and not brushing it. I know brushing is essential for maximum spin but I just can't do it properly. I hope you all will help me overcome my problem.

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      Do not compress the sponge rather contact the ball lightly with the topsheet.

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      I don't know that there are really any short cuts. It takes a lot of practice and a lot of precision to get the control and feel to brush the ball.

      Keep practicing. Practice a lot.

      Practice this:



      And this:



      And this:



      Notice, I am really not doing much at all, but the ball comes back to me each time.

      It is all about how you touch the ball.
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      The exercises mentioned are pretty good. My advice would be to focus on getting decent backspin with this motion first, once you get the contact right, it is easier to just tilt top of the bat for side and topspin. You can also practise at the table, by hitting horizontally or a bit upwards in front of the ball and making it bounce back over the net. Do not worry about getting a low bounce at first, it can bounce quite high, you really want to get the contact right. A short example here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWM_...=youtu.be&t=18

      Notice that developing the feel and getting a decent serve can take really a long time, unless you are one of those few where it comes naturally If you spend 5 minutes on it before every training session it will do wonders. Yes, it may be really, really boring.

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      Quote Originally Posted by whocarez View Post
      The exercises mentioned are pretty good. My advice would be to focus on getting decent backspin with this motion first, once you get the contact right, it is easier to just tilt top of the bat for side and topspin. You can also practise at the table, by hitting horizontally or a bit upwards in front of the ball and making it bounce back over the net. Do not worry about getting a low bounce at first, it can bounce quite high, you really want to get the contact right. A short example here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWM_...=youtu.be&t=18

      Notice that developing the feel and getting a decent serve can take really a long time, unless you are one of those few where it comes naturally If you spend 5 minutes on it before every training session it will do wonders. Yes, it may be really, really boring.
      HEY what do you mean by hitting horizontally. Do you mean underneath the ball.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Aritra Bose View Post
      HEY what do you mean by hitting horizontally. Do you mean underneath the ball.
      I think this video shows what he means.



      That is a good video. It has a few things that would be helpful to developing the touch.

      And you can see, in some of the exercises, he is coming up from under the ball, and on the far side of the ball pulling up to create more backspin.

      You should also notice, for the most part, he is not trying to make the serve, he is trying to make the spin. In many of the exercises, he is not trying to get the ball over the net with one bounce. He is just playing with spinning the ball. To develop the touch, it helps to ignore making a viable serve and focusing on the spin. Then when you have control, you try and put the whole thing together.

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      This maybe just me, but I like to toss the ball a bit higher. It's counter-intuitive, but one of the main things that impedes my spin production is tensing up and ultimately being anxious about all the variables: wrist action, height of contact, place of contact and angle of contact. If I toss the ball higher, I can consciously relax and focus on delicately catching the ball, not forcing it over the net. The timing is more difficult as the ball is moving faster (and the playing area's light might annoy you), but it allows time for all your muscles to relax, before the point of contact. At that point, get your foot down and explode backwards into ready position. Serving should be relaxed, purposeful and graceful. I got into a bad habit of not getting into ready position because I'd spend hours serving again and again from the same position without ever practicing the move into ready position. But in general, I think it's the mark of a passionate TT player to hone service.

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      The more variables you worry about the less learning. Focus on 1 or 2 areas only first. Step by step to be exact.

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