Heavy underspin technique explained

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Slim Dragon
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Hi Coach,

 

Hope you don't mind, but I discovered a coaching clinic youtube post of Richard Mcafee doing a service clinic. He demonstrates and explains the difference between creating average spin and a heavy underspin serve and the importance of this serve in developing your game. I know for me, since I discovered this technique accidently whilst trying to do Ma Lin's "ghost serve", I have been able to control my opponent's receives and thereby impose my opening topspin attack....a la the tactics illustrated in "Table Tennis Tactics For Thinkers"...... 

For those interested, here's the link......

www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8FYyIVpjww

 

MoonDragn
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Re: Heavy underspin technique explained

What is the best way to return those heavy underspin short serves? I find that if I try to flip it, sometimes it goes into the net and sometimes it goes off the table. When I chop it back it  just creates a volley back and forth of chops. 

 

 

Larry Hodges
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Re: Heavy underspin technique explained

>What is the best way to return those heavy underspin short serves? I find that if I try to flip it, sometimes it goes into the net and sometimes it goes off the table.

You are likely trying to flip it too flat, and so have little margin for error. A flip should have good topspin, especially against backspin. 

>When I chop it back it  just creates a volley back and forth of chops. 

When you say "volley back and forth of chops," do you mean pushing? Then you should work on looping these backspin balls. 

Larry Hodges
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Re: Heavy underspin technique explained

Hi Slim, I've seen the vidoe - I'm pretty sure I linked to it in a blog about two years ago. I now use the same technique as one of my ways for teaching the backspin serve to beginning players. Doing the "ghost serve" (so the ball jumps back into the net) and the "return serve" (where you serve higher, and the ball bounces back to my side of the net on one bounce) are great ways of getting their attention.