Last updated 7 years ago
I'm often wondering why the reverse pendulum exists in the first place?
Even though different serves move in the same direction, I find there are real differences in being able to read the spin. It depends on how much you have seen of that particular action.
I find I can read backhand serves much more easily than the Reverse Pendulum serve because I grew up returning backhand serves but nobody did Reverse serves when I played.
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Jean Balthazar Posted 7 years ago
I think the efficiecy of the reverse pendulum lies in its much smaller action, that can also be a little bit hidden by the upper arm if the reciever stands too much upright. Therefore even if it's harder to put extreme spin with this serve, it can be more deceptive than the large open backhand serve. I also find it easier to vary the length of this serve without giving it away by a too different action. Finally, from a purely empirical point of view, I've also oberserved first hand that some players are much less comfortable receiving this serve, even when your backhand serve is of an objectively much better quality, as Alois mentioned.