Last updated on 26-Apr-2013 10:51:21 PM
I have a problem of getting into a ready position quickly after doing my pendulum serve, i am right handed and do my serves the traditional way. The problems i face are:
1) how do you get into a ready position quickly, i am always on the move when my opponent has made the return so i end up not making an attack on the third ball
2) i have a problem of maintaining correct distance from the table, a lot of times when i get a deep return to my backhand i find it too close to my body to make a return, so i end up making a loose return or end up hitting the net. if i move a bit back i end up struggling to reach for a short push
3) should i move back or sideways after the serve?
4) any exercise that can help me improve getting into ready position quickly?
For the 3rd ball, you need to follow through after your serve and get yourself into the ready position. It is almost one motion. Then you will be ready for the next ball.
You should move directly into the ready position so your movement will differ depending on which serve you have done and where you have ended up after your serve. It is vital to get into the ready position as soon as possible. You can practice this even when you are doing serving practice. After each serve you can get quickly into the ready position and play a shadow swing for the next ball.
With the Pendulum serve have your right foot back as you serve so that you can push off and get it into the right position for your ready position. Your left foot should almost be in the right position already and will only need a small adjustment.
It is probably best for the deep backhand that you stand a little further from the table. This will allow you to hit the ball that is deep.. For the shorter ball it is a matter of working on your foot movement into the short ball. You need to move only your right foot in and out quickly. This is something that needs to be practiced to improve it. Practice short pushing with your partner. After each short push get yourself into a position to make a topspin. Then when the ball is short again move in with your right foot. You may start by only making 2 or 3 pushes in a row. As you work on it you will start to get more.