Top 10 Serve Mistakes by Amateur Players, 3 of them are Hard to Win!


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[1] The backspin is not strong enough

Many amateurs throw balls that don’t spin well, especially backspin balls, which are sometimes almost as good as non-spin balls.

The opponent can pick it up any way, and if you meet a master opponent, you can rush the arc before the board to solve it.

If the backspin can be stronger, even if the opponent uses a looping ball to catch it, it will not be so easy to send all-out rushing.

So how do you get a good spin?

I think you can practice the long backspin first, pay attention to the racket when rubbing the ball, rub it hard to the bottom of the ball, the arc of the ball should be low, the first jump is around the end line of the table (otherwise it is easy to get off the net), the second jump On the left and right of the opponent’s end line, it is very difficult to exert force on the opponent, and it feels like a top board.

After you are proficient, practice short backspin.

[2] There are many mistakes in serving


(1) The desire to score is too strong, the serve is served without thinking, and the net is basically the main focus;

(2) The opponent is strong, afraid of the opponent grabbing the ball, very nervous when serving, trembling, and technical movements are deformed.

(3) Errors after changing service types.


(1) Dare to use the serve with great power and many mistakes during the game. Many friends who learn to play table tennis, because the high toss serve is very powerful, but at the beginning of the game, they made frequent mistakes when they used it in the game, and they did not dare to serve this kind of ball. But if you are afraid to use it in the game, this serve will never be your killer.

(2) When serving, you must be clear-headed. If the previous serve is off the net, the second ball must consciously make the first jump close to the end line of your own table to avoid hitting the net again.

(3) Take every opportunity to serve seriously. Amateur players rarely practice serving alone, so cherish every opportunity to serve, the quality must be high, and you must use your brains.

(4) When changing the type of serving, recall the situation where you made this mistake in the past, don’t rush and take your time.

[3] A single serving point

The quality of many amateur players’ serve is not high, but there are always a few landing points.

The reason why we are afraid of playing with the old man in the arena is that in most cases, their serve is very awkward, which poses a great threat to amateur players with average footwork.

Generally, people tend to get nervous during the game, and their footwork is definitely worse than that in normal training. Therefore, the serve changes and the landing point changes. Sometimes even if the rotation is not strong, it may be a surprise victory.

[4] A single type of serving

Many amateur players send and serve only those few. When encountering a server with a slightly better or weird serve, it is easy to have problems in receiving the serve.

The fundamental reason is that they are too lazy to learn or disdain to learn new servings, and they do not know enough about the rotation of various servings. A single serve is like the backwardness or inferiority of artillery shells in war, and the direct lethality is very small.

[5] Only one kind of rotating ball is issued

A considerable number of amateur players basically only send backspin, and they are flat backspin without side spin.

In general, all kinds of balls with the same level of golfers are served, and the ratio of backspin, non-spin, and topspin is 40%, 30%, and 30%.

Half of the top and bottom spins with poorer level are in each case. When the level is higher than mine, the side down is the main method, and the non-spin and top spin are combined, and the proportions are 70%, 20%, and 10% respectively.

【Six】Serve without a one-trick winning momentum

Don’t try to organize an attack after the opponent returns after serving the ball. If the serving can directly solve the battle, the battle will be solved directly. If it can’t be solved directly, it will also make the opponent awkward to receive, and make the opponent even more awkward.

Sometimes, we can also use our eyes to hold each other down when we are playing amateur table tennis. Killing an enemy with eyes is more powerful and advanced than killing an enemy with a knife. This is also a little bit of psychological tactics in sports.

[Seven] Serve honestly and don’t use fake moves

Most professional players serve with a certain fake or screen action, which increases the difficulty of judgment. In addition, they used their bodies to cover up, and receiving their serve is sometimes close to guessing the ball.

Amateur players generally don’t use fake moves, even if they use fake moves to tell people at a glance, let alone deceive their opponents.

[8] The power of serving has not changed much

The resulting change in speed is also small, and it’s easy for the opponent to adapt to the rhythm of your serve.

If you consciously adjust the size of the power of the serve and match the change of the length of the drop, even a flat serve can produce subtle changes.

【Nine】Serve is not matching

A lot of amateurs have a high quality serve that doesn’t match their offense.

Some people who are good at defense have been unable to spin or topspin all the time, and some who are fast-breakers are unable to spin or topspin, resulting in a tug-of-war with a few boards in the future, and the characteristics of fast breaks cannot be brought into play.

So serve must match your style of play.

【10】Serve is not targeted

Knowing the enemy, you will be victorious in a hundred battles. Before serving, you should understand the basic situation and characteristics of the opponent as much as possible.

The basic conditions mainly include: whether it is a straight shot or a horizontal shot; whether it is left-handed or right-handed; whether it is raw rubber or semi-long rubber; whether it is reverse or positive;

Be aware of the above situation. Purposefully understand the opponent’s strengths, understand the opponent’s serving, hitting, landing law and ball path, so as to make corresponding countermeasures, or make targeted changes in the game.

If you encounter a player who can serve well in the backhand position, you may wish to use more servings to the opponent’s forehand position. This method is quite effective.

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