What is the secret behind the tomahawk serve

Table Tennis Serving

Last updated 9 years ago

Huzaifa Khan

Huzaifa Khan Asked 9 years ago


I have seen many people doing the tomhawk serve and they say that it is a very special serve i don’t seem to see anything special in it   WHY?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Huzaifa,

I don’t think it is special, just it hasn’t been used as much so it is different.

It is difficult to generate as much spin with the Tomahawk serve with a small swing.  You really need a big swing to get the same amount of spin as with the Pendulum serve.

It is good for keeping the ball low and slow.

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Johan B

Johan B Posted 9 years ago

Keeping it low and slow makes it really useful, and the reverse version messes with people's heads even more as they don't recognise it. I also find it's quite easy to vary your spin with it. Last time I played i did a couple ones much top spin on them but still very slow, just brushing the ball really finely - it dipped down right past the net and my poor opponent tried to just push it over.

Also, doing it with a huge swing is just great fun :p For good measure, jump up as high as you can as you throw the ball and let gravity help out! (Jeff or Alois will probably tell you that'll compromise your stroke, but don't listen to them!)

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Haha thanks Johan… will have to try it.

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