Shovel/Reverse Pendulum

Table Tennis Serving

Last updated 1 year ago

Jack Tan

Jack Tan Asked 1 year ago

I'm looking for a substitute for my backhand serve. Both shovel and reverse pendulum serves can produce the same type of spin, so should I just use whichever I'm comfortable with or are there pros and cons for each of these serves? 

On a side note, why do most penholders use the shovel serve instead of the reverse pendulum? Wouldn't the reverse pendulum be better because more wrist=more spin?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 year ago

Hi Jack,

Definitely use the serve that you are comfortable with.

I am not sure that most penholders use the shovel serve. The Reverse Pendulum can be very effective with the penholder grip.


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Jack Tan

Jack Tan Posted 1 year ago

Thank you!


D K

D K Posted 1 year ago

Jack,one thing is you can interchange those servesto create what I call "reverse deceptivity"
= you create one spin with two different actions.

I think the reason is that controlling the shovel serve placement is much easier than reverse pendulum.



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