[Video] Service variation and disguise – tips from Paul Drinkhall

[Video] Service variation and disguise – tips from Paul Drinkhall

In this video, pro player Paul Drinkhall, shows a few of his best service variations.


Paul shows how he switches between backspin, no spin and topspin serves. He tries to use a similar action, but using different contact points and last moment movements, he is able to generate different spins.

Paul uses this disguise to get weak responses from his opponents, so he can follow up with strong 3rd ball attacks.

At the end of the video, I explain what is was like facing Paul’s serves. And I also show footage of me winning a point against Paul! Hooray!

This video is brought to you in partnership with Bribar Table Tennis.

What’s in the video

0:00 – Tom introduces the video

0:50 – Paul explains the importance of service variation and disguise

1:08 – Paul shows how he varies between backspin and no spin

2:28 – Paul shows how to disguise a topspin serve

03:33 – Paul discusses the importance of placement variation

04:14 – Paul explains why you should try to be subtle with your spin variations

05:09 – Tom discusses what it was like to face Paul’s serves

Useful links

> Paul Drinkhall’s Facebook Page

> Bribar Table Tennis

> Tom Lodziak’s YouTube Channel

> More online table tennis lessons

About Tom Lodziak

I’m a table tennis coach based in Cambridge in the UK. I have 70+ free table tennis lessons on my popular YouTube channel. I also have 150+ coaching articles to help you improve your table tennis skills. You can read more about my background on my About Tom page.

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