Fast Serve Down the Line

Table Tennis Serving

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Shripathi ramakrishnan

Shripathi ramakrishnan Asked 10 years ago

Hi Alois and Jeff,

I'm at a huge disadvantage in my game because i cant serve fast pendulum (or even a counterhit) serve during my game that would cover more length or goes down the line with great speed. even i do get the speed my chance of getting the serve on the table is like 1 in 10. can u gimme any tips as to how i can control my first bounce to land right in front of me and make it get more length and speed?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi Shripathi,

Two things to do.  First put a piece of paper on the table on your side where you want the ball to bounce.  Then just practice hitting the ball as fast as you can into that piece of paper.  Don't even look at where the ball goes on the other side of the table.  You can even score yourself as to how many times out of 10 you can hit that piece of paper.

Secondly after you have practiced that for a while you can start to focus on the full serve.  This time though, try to hit the ball so that it lands just off the end of the other side.  You can put the piece of paper on the floor this time, where you want the ball to land.  Again you can score yourself out of 10.  This will free you up to hitting the ball faster.

After you have done this for a while again you can focus on doing the fast long serve down the line.

See how you go with this process. 

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Ittipat Amonrungmetham

Ittipat Amonrungmetham Posted 10 years ago

Great work again, Alois!

Believe it or not, I visit this site every single day and always find a good video from you.

I get lots of TT knowledge from this site. This is the serve that I'm looking for. 

However, it would be better if you include this serve into the Serving Secret Revealed DVD.

I would like to know how to do this serve, and now I get some ideas of that.

But, could you explain a little bit how to do the serve like you explain in your DVD. For example, you need to keep elbow up high to do the side spin and top spin serve. 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 years ago

Hi Ittipat,

Thanks for the kind feedback.

To do this serve you follow all the principles of a normal pendulum serve ad just swing through fast and have a fairly flat contact.  We use the other cues here because once you have the basics of the Pendulum serve, I think this is the best way to learn this fast serve.

Chau Giang

Chau Giang Posted 10 years ago

Hi Alois,

Thank you very much for your video answer on fast serve down the line, I find your training techniques on this serve and in general are simple yet most effective. I have been practising this serve and others like Ma Lin serve and put into practising games and really like them. Thank you for more knowledge on variations of serve.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 years ago

Thanks Chau.  We find simple is usually best.

Fis Mo

Fis Mo Posted 10 years ago

Great tips!

Next time just make sure everyone's cellphones are turned off when you're recording audio! (The clicks and buzzes at the end.) 

chris chidumije

chris chidumije Posted 10 years ago


please what is the contact point, when you hit the ball?? is it a side spin or backspin or a plan ball?????  

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 years ago

It is more at the back of the ball so it is quite flat contact to get it fast.

Julio Torres

Julio Torres Posted 10 years ago

Allois 12- No one 10  


Andrew Wong

Andrew Wong Posted 8 years ago

What's that thing on his upper arm?

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Hi Andrew,

That was actually the microphone.

Andrew Wong

Andrew Wong Posted 8 years ago

Oh, hahaha.

That's good to know :)

Keep up the effort PingSkills!


Igor PONGER Posted 8 years ago

Dear PingSkills, Could you emulate the Sakai's super speedy serve, with the exception that you don't distort your hand so badly? Is it possible to perform the such from backhand table corner? Is it possible for you to get the ball going as fast as Sakai did ? Looking forward to see your video exercises and trials. Thanks.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Hi Igor,

I don't think I could get the ball that fast.  However you will notice that he doesn't use this serve in matches much.  Even that fast the opponent of his level would be able to attack him.

Ujjal Chatterjee

Ujjal Chatterjee Posted 8 years ago

Your demonstrations are so appropriate and perfect to your explanation ... I wait for your mails to come .... 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Thanks Ujjal.


Igor PONGER Posted 8 years ago

Some impressive illustrations of the down-the-line-serve as performed in actual competitive play.

100% effectual.

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