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