Coach Samson Dubina US National Team Coach 4x USATT Coach of the Year

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Improving Your Serves

Through Visualization and Deliberate Practice

Improving Your Serves
By Coach Samson Dubina
Many players want to develop new serves.  That is great.  I recommend it.

Advanced Table Tennis Serves

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2 New Weapons

Watch this video demonstrating fast short serves and slow short serves!

Most club players have 2 types of serves – long ones and short ones.

In this blog, I’m going to talk about 2 different types of short serves – fast short serves and slow short serves.


A fast short serve is impacted very close to the server’s end-line, travels over the net and quickly hits twice on the receivers side.  This serve is very difficult for the receiver, because he needs to quickly decide if it is long or short.


Success in Looping Long Serves

Learn the step-by-step process

Looping serves is a bit more challenging than many players imagine.  However, if you follow the right thought process and use the right technique, then you will be on your way to major improvement.  Here are some steps…
1. Watch the opponent’s positioning at the table and body language to possibly see if he will serve short or long.
2. Next, watch his backswing, contact point, and where the ball contacts his side of the table.  At this point, you need to start adjusting your feet while keeping your hand in front.

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