Some players are afraid of serves. Serve involves millions of elements and they think that serves are way too difficult to learn. For example, one can serve with forehand, one can serve with backhand, one can make a squatting serve, etc. To sum up, there are three main serve groups. The first group is side-spin serve including left side-spin, right side-spin, left side-topspin, right side-topspin, etc. The second group is serve with disguised backspin. The third group is fast and deep serve. Any serve must belong to one of the three groups.
Recently, pendulum serves are proved to be effective and more and more players adopt pendulum serve. Additionally, pendulum serve is an advanced skill. Personally, I suggest that your serve should cooperate with your style. If you use forehand strokes more frequently, you are suggested to make forehand serves at the backhand side of your court. In turn, you make forehand strokes more easily and move to the proper position more fluently. If you can make both forehand and backhand drive, you are suggested to make pendulum serves or backhand serves. In turn, you can make both forehand and backhand drive easily and you will not move too much. It’s quite easy and fluent.
Let’s take a look on how to make a heavy spin serve. About the serve, we must focus on how to impart heavy spins on the ball. To impart heavy spins on the ball, we must maximize strength from our whole body. Here are some tips as follows.
The first tip is about using the strength of your fingers. Especially for shake-hand grip player. To make a qualified side-spin serve, they must adjust their grip to ensure that all strength of fingers and wrist imparts on the ball through the racket.
The second tip is about using the strength of your body. Before the serve, you need to keep your body both relaxed and tight but not frozen. Specifically, a famous Chinese table tennis player with marvelous serve, MA Lin, told me that before serve he keeps his core body tight slightly and keeps his lower part of forearm, wrist, fingers relaxed. This is an important prerequisite.