Pendulum serve the wrist

Table Tennis Serving

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Pista Burkett

Pista Burkett Asked 1 month ago

With the pendulum serve, you say that spin is imparted thru fast wrist motion.  Question: is the wrist motion created by your core twisting fast which, with a loose wrist (the whole motion), whips the wrist?  OR is it more the wrist muscles relaxing then contracting back and then forward to create the fast wrist whip?  

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 month ago

Hi Steve,

It is very much about the wrist being relaxed and whipping through the contact.  The waist will help a little as will the forearm but the major part of the speed comes form the relaxed wrist.

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Pista Burkett

Pista Burkett Posted 1 month ago

hi Alois, thanks for the reply.  I do get your point of about the relax wrist.  the question tho is where is the energy generated that gives the relaxed wrist the quick burst of speed it needs? does this come from primarily the forearm?  i have watched a few vids on chinese serving and it appears that it comes not from the forearm, but more from a quick twist in the core of your body and quick weight transfer that creates the whipping motion.  thanks ;) 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 month ago

Hi Steve,

I think you can generate a to from the forearm.  The waist adds a little.  It is essentially the whipping action with your forearm and wrist that generates the speed.

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