Angle of racket on Ma Lin's 'Ghost' serve

Table Tennis Serving

Last updated 7 years ago

Omkar Sathe

Omkar Sathe Asked 8 years ago

Hello Sir,

I am trying to learn the Ma Lin's serve. However all I get is tons of side spin. I know that a similar question was answered by you through a video response ( , but it doesn't help. I held the bat completely parallel to the ground and even tried raising the bat at a little upwards angle, but all that I can do is make the ball stop. I chopped the ball with my complete strength, yet it doesn't come back towards me. I also watched a number of tutorials on Youtube, yet no avail.

Any help is greatly required and accepted....

Thanking You,


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Omkar,

It is all about the angle of your bat on contact with the ball.

Video the serve from side on and you will see the angle that the bat is on.  It is often different to what you think it is.

Really tilt the bat right back.  You may feel like that is the angle that it is on, but I often video players doing their serve and they are really surprised at the actual angle of their bat compared to what they think it is.

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Omkar Sathe

Omkar Sathe Posted 8 years ago

Thank you Sir for your help. I will surely video myself and observe and correct my mistakes.

Thank you once again.


Omkar Sathe

Omkar Sathe Posted 8 years ago

Thank you Sir for helping me. I did realise that my racket was slightly towards the ground. According to your advice, I held the racket in an upwards angle. The ball now comes back towards me seems as if the ball has now lost all its forward momentum. It does come back to me; but right after the first bounce on my court. When I apply a bit of force to make the ball cross over the net, it doesnt spin at all. It is the same case when I pratice it on the ground.

Please help me in the hour of need.

Thank you.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

As long as you are getting it to spin back after the second or third bounces then you are applying good spin.

Omkar Sathe

Omkar Sathe Posted 7 years ago

Thank you for help Sir.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

It is a pleasure Omkar.

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