Saturday, May 26, 2012

Zhang Jike wins Korea Open :D

That was an awesome match - real high level and also a spectacular end. Now just the China Open and London, baby!

I'm getting that shirt for sure!

Friday, May 25, 2012

theory for best serves

These are my initial 10 best tips for table tennis serves.

1. give the opponent the serve that is most uncomfortable for them at all times.
2. serves must be very low over the net - as low as possible, for every style.
3. the apex of the first bounce should still be on your side, meaning the ball barely passes the net after the apex; this ensures that the maximum rise of the ball, after the 2nd bounce, will be the most inside the table as possible. Only when you want deep serves should the first bounce be closer to the net.
4. do the serve legally, but perform it in a very fast manner, always starting with the same motion. This makes it so that the last few instants decide what serve it is - not allowing your opponent to pick up the service type from the initial motion.
5. practice, practice, practice. imagine or recall serves you needed and could not perform in tight matches, or which ones you missed, and work on perfecting them.
6. always practice going into the standard position after the serve, thinking of what are the options your adversary would have, so that you can be ready for a return.
7. if you identify a serve your opponent clearly misreads, use it in the most important points. they will learn it, but it will take them some tries before they know it.
8. on spin: learn how to vary your serve's spin by at least 3 degrees: dead, normal, intense. Retain the same motion when doing the serves with different spins. grip and wrist speed are what varies.
9. always take into account the adversary's position before doing the serve. challenge their speed and reflexes and be ready for unexpected returns.
10. know your weapons. rubbers react differently to the same motion - know when a rubber is better for a particular serve and use it to your advantage.