You see, the ball comes seemingly straight towards you But it curves away once it reaches the end of the table So what happened?!.. It is not magic, it is PHYSICS
..[music plays].. In order to analyze this serve, we have to
know about the spin that’s on the ball There are two categories The first one is in the vertical direction,like your topspin and backspin It controls the movement of the ball in the vertical direction The second one is in the horizontal direction, that’s your sidespins (left and right) That controls the movement right and left Now let’s break down Mizutani’s serve At first, it jumps towards you, but at the end of the table it seems to slow down and it doesn’t really jump out of the table That change in speed in the vertical direction gives you an idea that there’s definitely gonna be backspin on the ball Then, you realize at the end of the table,
it starts to curve That sideway movement should indicate the presence of sidespin If you want it to curve to the left, then
there’s left-side spin on the ball Now you know that the curve is caused by both the backspin and sidespin A lot of people think the curve is just sidespin [ball jumps out of table] If there’s only sidespin, the ball is never
gonna stay on the table and produce a curve So you need backspin on the ball to produce that curve [ball curves away on table] When you practice, you should always start with low toss serve For the sake of time, I’ll jump right into high toss First step: you have to find a comfortable
standing position I think you should always leave an angle between
the direction your body is facing and this line So there should be an angle Then, you should lean forward a bit Try to toss the ball straight up… So that the ball lands somewhere in front of you It’s not good to keep the ball to close to your body It makes it really hard to serve straight down the line Sometimes, you’ll miss the table Now a lot of people would ask: Why do some worldclass players have this motion before they actually contact the ball The answer to that question is I don’t know…. I do that too and find it really useful Maybe it’s because when we toss the ball, our bodies tend to lean back or to the right And by doing this, you cancel out that component It gives your body more balance and stabilizes your toss Also, it relaxes my arm before I contact the ball And it gives me a good sense of timing You should try it If you have any other interpretations of what
that’s used for, leave in the comments Your GRIP! I still wouldn’t curl my three fingers back here I would still keep two fingers at least on
the side of the racket Maybe you can keep your pinky free there so you still have your wrist movement And at the same time, you’ve got power when you need it So you can tighten your grip whenever you want This gives you more control Now the ball is up in the air, you should
swing back your arm Remember? Now you have to produce that side-and-back spin In my Ma Lin’s ghost serve video, I showed
you how to do a backspin: contacting on the bottom In order to add some sidespin to that, just tilt your racket this way The motion is very similar Now, there are several ways to add spin on your ball First, you always have to use your wrist,
this part when you contact the ball Then, you can also use your elbow: When you stick out elbow, your hand naturally comes in so this also helps you to accelerate. A lot of players do this And we have one more way. Some of you might already know from my
ghost serve video You can practice on a bed When you’re doing that, try to use your wrist and your elbow motion to put as much spin as possible on the ball Once you get consistent, come down to the table You don’t have to start right away serving here Just find somewhere and start doing your serves Now you don’t have to worry about the length or whether the ball comes back or not Just try it Some people think if they put a lot of force
on the ball, it’s gonna be spiny Turns out it might not be the case because
it really tenses up your arm In order to have effective brushing, you have
to keep the ball as long as possible on your racket So you need a smooth and natural motion Second common mistake is that people think
a lot of spin on the ball means a big stroke A lot of worldclass players’ strokes are really small and efficient Because this part before it and this part after it are completely useless since you’re not contacting the ball But, this part is very important. A good tip is to tighten your grip Why do we do that? There’re several reasons First, it helps with brushing because in order to tighten your grip first you need to accelerate Then at the end you gotta hold your racket and it stops This change in speed helps you to concentrate your power on that one point Instead of this long stroke in constant speed, you don’t really have a point to focus your power So it’s ineffective compared to this Second point: by holding back your power, controlling it You’re actually controlling the ball to be short on the table That’s very important to good serves because
if every serve just comes long, your opponent will attack very easily And that’s not good for you so remember to do this Now, you’ll ask: how do you keep it short on the table There’re several techniques for that The first and most common one is your first bounce on the table If it’s close to the net, your serve is probably gonna be short And if your first bounce goes to the edge,
it’s probably gonna be long Secondly, it depends on your brushing vs hitting ratio If your serve is jumping out of the table
all the time, you probably need to brush more And if it’s not going over the net, it means
you’re brushing too thinly and you should add more hitting component Also, if you want to keep the ball short, you should probably add more backspin on the ball to control the vertical movement Like any other shots, you need to use your
body in favor of your arm and stroke Sometimes you might not see it in world-class players’ serves Because their waist movement is really small and most of it is internal you won’t see it But just try serving without using your body, only your arm And you’ll find your body is in the way resisting the motion of your arm That’s not comfortable, so you have to use your whole body in order to have more power So it’s good! In order to increase the quality of your serves, and this is useful for all serves I want to talk about timing I think you should wait for the ball to drop around the height of the net then contact the ball It helps with lowering the arc, instead of
contacting the ball here, the arc is too high Also, your contact point should be close to the head of your racket. It gives you more spin, but necessarily more power though. You get more power contacting in the middle, but you don’t really need too much power on your serves. Those are all the important points I can think of Keep in mind those points when you’re practicing I think practice without a mind is useless because you’re only gonna master your mistakes You can video tape your serves and later compare to other players or you can find your mistakes and correct them Lastly, I’ll finish off by talking about pros
and cons of this serve You know there’s heavy sidespin on the ball
and it produces a drastic change in the direction of the ball So it usually gives your opponent difficulty finding the precise position of the ball And they might be mistaken some short serves to be long serves Also as the ball curves away, it loses some vertical component and it’s harder to push over the net However, at the same time your sidespin can hurt you If your opponent just normally pushes over,
the ball is definitely gonna have sidespin on it Most likely, the ball will curve to your right, then you have to make space to accommodate that change for your next attack

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100 thoughts on “Decoding Jun Mizutani’s serve — TOMORROW TABLE TENNIS”

  1. Great video! I hope you keep making these serve / receive videos as I've found to be one of the most difficult aspects to improve as a beginner.

  2. The motion of coming forward first allows u too generate more whip in your serve which results in generating more spin

  3. I've seen a lot of videos explaining table tennis techniques, most of their actual skills are pretty good, but very few of them can explain the principles and points clearly. You are one of the few, and the best I've seen. Thank you for your nice videos.

  4. Are you going to make more videos about Professional Player's Serve?

    It would be very interesting some defensive player serve ^^

  5. So something I think is important to mention is that Jun's serve that jumps to the side has what's known as corkscrew spin on this. Some people might argue that corkscrew spin & sidespin are the same thing given most sidespin serves might have a little bit of both on them (side spin & corkscrew) but trust me there's a difference. If top & backspin rotate around the X (horizontal axis), sidespin rotates around the Y (Vertical axis). Well corkscrew spins on the Z axis. Picture a ball spinning on the axis going through the straight back of the ball and coming out of the front of it. That's corkscrew. That That's what makes the ball bite & jump left or right after it bounces on the table. It's done by contacting the very bottom of the ball and typically swinging say towards your stomach.

  6. Sorry man, the explanation is wrong. There THREE rotations axis. These axes are independent and the spin that produces the change of direction is not the same as the axe that produce side spin. This is a cork serve, and it curves as it bounces.

  7. My interpretation of the movements done while tossing up is this: By swinging forward and then backwards, one can hit the ball within one fluid motion. If a player would toss high, then immediately pull the racket back and wait for the ball to drop, they would have a problem to time the proper point of contact. Because of the pre-motion they can use the momentum of the racket and turn it into forward momentum. Same reason why all players swing backwards close before accelerating forwards again in their BH- or FH-loops.

    And also, more simply, it helps with the timing. Imagine just waiting for the ball to drop. By internalizing this motion the body can keep that motion to the length required for one to start the real swing forwards.

    Sry for bad englando.

  8. cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool.

  9. Really nice video, subscribed :). I have a video suggestion for you which I think I and many others would appreciate. It would be to analyze top players serves in games and read what spin is on them and maybe reconstruct them or something like that :D. A decoding video of koki niwas serve would be nice too. I would also really love a vid on the pendulum side/topspin serve and how to make it less obvious. May I also ask what level you are at?
    Merry Christmas! 🙂

  10. The reason to toss the ball high can be that this way the ball falling down is a bit faster compared with tossing the ball not so high. András

  11. Thank you to reply me for this question i have seen your all video and also downloaded but i dont understang the movement of wrist and brushing

  12. Very professional and excellent demonstration and explanation! Thanks for making the videos. Extremely helpful. Looking forward for more tutorial videos from you.

  13. Hi coach. I have seen your videos and it had helped me a lot to improve. I am currently using butterfly power off+ , spin art and Sanwei target national. Is it a good combination?

  14. 3:18 a lot of the time, it is done to distract the opponent and for them to not see what type(s) of spin you put on the serve.

  15. видос — чистая херня…. подача с боковым отточенная до.. и не более..

  16. Since i started practicing this serve… I have to keep my eye on the ball at the point of contact with the bat… So that it hits the head of the bat to generate more spin…. Else it hits other sides of the bat and goes wrong..
    But once u toss the ball… It seems u see the ball when till it is moving upwards….
    But during the downward journey of the ball.. Don't u see the ball???

  17. It's physics , think about A three dimensional Cartesian coordinate system, Origin ,X , Y , Z axis that we genereally know. Secondly, think that rotation around this axis, RX, RY, RZ or Roll, Pitch, Yaw . Assume that origin is you, X is the line start from you and goes to opponent, Y starts from you and goes to the left, Z starts from you and goes to the sky. Here comes to Issue, WTF with this info 😀 Generally players spin around Y, RY, pitch, back-topspin or Z, RZ, yaw, right-left side spin. But Jun Mizutani's service is RARE, uncommon. he makes spin around X, Rolling . Wow! %75 Rolling %25 backspin.
    Here is my theory to answer this service, answer the service assume that ball is witout spin, i mean just answer with backhand or forehand banana flick. But, if you try to put your blade under ball, ball will bounce up high, go right or left maybe out of table. This is theory because i've never taken this service 😀

  18. hey, can I curl my three fingers back and not put two fingers on the side because I am having some problem.

  19. its not a backspin sidespin serve its a so called corkscrew serve right? i think u name it correctly in either one of ur serve videos or the tactics video about mizutani. cuz ive been wondering a lot about this serve and been practicing it and the way the ball accelerates to the side of the table indicates that it cant be backspin cuz then it would slow down. so its basically side spin and then topspin parallel to the net which is the third axis of the ball to create spin

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