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Decoding Jun Mizutani’s serve — TOMORROW TABLE TENNIS


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

David Frank

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100 COMMENTS

  1. Petru Sincraian Posted on December 11, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Very useful. Thanks.

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  2. Tilly Yuan Posted on December 11, 2017 at 2:52 am

    so coooool!!!!!!

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  3. Paul Ispaul Posted on December 11, 2017 at 3:09 am

    Magnific explanation. Keep it up.

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  4. Stephen Sss Posted on December 11, 2017 at 3:16 am

    Can you do one on MA longs service and liu shiwen jab service ?

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  5. Santiago Alejandro Agüero Posted on December 11, 2017 at 3:46 am

    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.

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  6. Rodrigo Bernardo Posted on December 11, 2017 at 4:19 am

    Thank you for this great video.

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  7. daniyal hassan Posted on December 11, 2017 at 5:29 am

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

    Reply
  8. Tevin Tech Posted on December 11, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Can you decode Fan Zhendongs's reverse sidespin serves? Thanks!

    Reply
  9. Misael Duran Posted on December 11, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Can u do fzd/zjks reverse. Mine is sloppy

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  10. Siddhesh Misale Posted on December 11, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Great video again! Keep them coming. The explanation is on point as always. Waiting for the next one.

    Reply
  11. Avanda Li Posted on December 11, 2017 at 11:13 am

    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.

    Reply
  12. zLeviTV Posted on December 11, 2017 at 11:55 am

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

    It would be very interesting some defensive player serve ^^

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  13. SK Major Shea kiely Posted on December 11, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    I really Like your videos you teach very well check my latest training video out if u can😀

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  14. Suiryu Posted on December 11, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    0:53 best part haha
    I find it very awesome that you add this little fun stuff in your videos. Please keep doing that xD

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  15. Keshav Kabra Posted on December 11, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Thank you this channel is the best

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  16. Dan Seemiller Posted on December 11, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Great technical instruction.Thank you.

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  17. kevin mitnick Posted on December 11, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    keep it going, liked your channel 🙂

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  18. AgZ Posted on December 11, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    You explain things very well.

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  19. DreamLand Kids Toys Posted on December 11, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Awesome.

    Reply
  20. sai sankalp Posted on December 11, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Ur video's r too good ….one suggestion from my side is ..at the end of video mention the key points.

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  21. sombasu Posted on December 12, 2017 at 5:21 am

    Another great video. very good work. Keep it coming.

    Reply
  22. Daniel sh Posted on December 12, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    hey mate love your vids, could you please make a video on the reverse pendulum serve

    Reply
  23. Jon boy Posted on December 12, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Thank you very much for such a good informative videos.

    Reply
  24. Suds TT Posted on December 13, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    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.

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  25. Schmitterling Posted on December 14, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Good Job 🙂 like it

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  26. Leonardo Ratafiá Posted on December 14, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    I just loved those 2 serves at the end! it's definitely practice and pacience!

    Reply
  27. Jokah Freespeech Posted on December 14, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Very informative THANK YOU!!!

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  28. maurice_0615 Posted on December 15, 2017 at 2:56 am

    Wow a proper explanation :). This is out for 4 days already?? How I haven't seen it :p, very nice vid 🙂

    Reply
  29. SuperNexus66 Posted on December 15, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    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.

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  30. maki daisuke•19年前 Posted on December 16, 2017 at 3:35 am

    日本人?

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  31. Finopat Capone Posted on December 16, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Thank you for your tips, help me much

    Reply
  32. Gaby Posted on December 16, 2017 at 9:40 am

    With what are you playing (wood + rubbers) ?

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  33. Henky Tanumihardja Posted on December 16, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Thank you ,awesome.

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  34. LUNTE1337 Posted on December 16, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    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.

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  35. Alexis Mamadou Posted on December 17, 2017 at 2:01 am

    I do want to quit "mastering my mistakes".lol Entertaining and educational. Thanks.

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  36. Sahil Joshi Posted on December 17, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Love your videos 👍

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  37. Avez baigjaora Posted on December 18, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Which is racket used for 'jun mizutani' serve.
    For high spin

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  38. Lol Idk Posted on December 18, 2017 at 11:42 am

    PLEASE DO REVERSE PENDULUMS LIKE ZJK OR FZD

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  39. Cloud NyLe Posted on December 18, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    please teach me how to serve like fan zhendong…

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  40. JAYDEV ASHRA Posted on December 19, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    hey, nice t-shirt!

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  41. igor goga Posted on December 20, 2017 at 3:26 am

    racket forward on the toss- to get acceleration i think

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  42. Mitchy Posted on December 22, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    The arm that moves forward then backwards and the forwards again represents a whip. It gives some extra speed to the ball

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  43. Emmanuel Football power Posted on December 22, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool.

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  44. RichS Posted on December 25, 2017 at 9:00 am

    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! 🙂

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  45. Jared Appel Posted on December 26, 2017 at 3:38 am

    Get to the point …..

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  46. arvydas bartasius Posted on December 26, 2017 at 9:22 am

    very nice serve

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  47. Khue Huynh Posted on December 27, 2017 at 3:59 am

    Very informative! Great lessons! Thank you so much!

    Reply
  48. Laurent Jutras-Vigneault Posted on January 6, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    Where did you buy these poster in the background of the video

    Reply
  49. Zenel Veliu Posted on January 8, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    Ti qifsha ropt ngoj

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  50. jona312312 Posted on January 11, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    OH I am in 1 minute and i already love this!!!

    Reply
  51. Ron Stambulchik Posted on January 26, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Where did you get the posters from?

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  52. Veena Sharma Posted on January 27, 2018 at 6:29 am

    Can you make video of serve which are practice in home without tabble

    Reply
  53. Alex Tarasov Posted on February 5, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    You can make video. How to serve like Timo Boll? Thank You

    Reply
  54. András Bánky Posted on February 8, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    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

    Reply
  55. Andy Zhao Posted on February 15, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Liu Guoliang's serve (both closed and open stances)?

    Reply
  56. Her Oyunda Hile Posted on February 20, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    1 k th like

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  57. Veena Sharma Posted on February 24, 2018 at 5:19 am

    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

    Reply
  58. Veena Sharma Posted on March 1, 2018 at 2:38 am

    Can you make the video of my question

    Reply
  59. Kashif Channa Posted on March 2, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Great technique

    Reply
  60. Sandro Trigo Posted on March 2, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Please decode Ma Long's serve and variations

    Reply
  61. Ben Chawes Posted on March 5, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Too much drama 😉

    Reply
  62. Александр Гулевич Posted on March 6, 2018 at 10:56 am

    молодец!

    Reply
  63. muthu kumaran Posted on March 21, 2018 at 1:08 am

    Can you do forehand and backhand chop?

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  64. muthu kumaran Posted on March 24, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Like joo see hyuk chop

    Reply
  65. Sandy Smith Posted on April 6, 2018 at 5:34 pm

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

    Reply
  66. Steve White Posted on April 15, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    If you could fix the volume it would help

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  67. Just Remember Me Already Posted on May 5, 2018 at 8:27 am

    The celling in my basement where I'm practicing is not even 2 meters 😡

    Reply
  68. FedorMachida Last Posted on June 17, 2018 at 5:09 am

    Awesome video! I will def. practice this. Thanks.

    Reply
  69. ペニーワイズ Posted on June 30, 2018 at 3:55 am

    英語勉強しよ!

    Reply
  70. IHadToChooseThis1 Posted on August 11, 2018 at 12:14 am

    Could you make a tutorial about Kenta Matsudaira's/ Koki Niwa chop block?? 😀

    Reply
  71. x01 Posted on August 13, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    what will be the grip

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  72. amitabh som Posted on August 21, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    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?

    Reply
  73. Alim Purnomosidi Posted on September 22, 2018 at 4:02 am

    Can I do this serve using cheap and hard chinese rubber?

    Reply
  74. shen timo Posted on October 15, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    at the end of video. great heavy backspin serves shock me.

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  75. Сегрей Кряж Posted on October 28, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Болтовню не понимаю, но подачи крутые.

    Reply
  76. Federico Licchetta Posted on November 3, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    Thanks for the video! And… I can relate so much with that "short ceiling" problem. Damn! 🙂

    Reply
  77. Ed Does Stuff Posted on November 11, 2018 at 6:22 am

    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.

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  78. FortuneFish1337 _ Posted on November 14, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    0:48 it is not magic, it is…

    PHYSICS

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  79. Eric Lacomblez Posted on November 23, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    the higher you launch the serve ball the more energy it gets back .. Thu the more side spin and speed it gets too.

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  80. Vladimir Sitnik Posted on December 15, 2018 at 12:31 pm

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

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  81. ProSammy Posted on January 16, 2019 at 5:04 am

    "Oh God! The ceiling is so short!!"😂

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  82. RRR program Posted on January 18, 2019 at 1:42 am

    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???

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  83. Ibrahim yücel Posted on February 16, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    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 😀

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  84. Nick Posted on March 17, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Thank you so much! Love your videos. Clear, useful, interesting, funny… Lots of respect to you, Man!

    Reply
  85. Abhinav Thakur Posted on March 22, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Amazing sir iam a 12 year boy and i am learning from you tt

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  86. Keep On Cubing Posted on March 25, 2019 at 4:08 am

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

    Reply
  87. Moriatik Saunders Posted on April 18, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    became bored with all the talking…do more demonstrations, especially at beginning of video

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  88. mortuc1 Posted on April 27, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    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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  89. Oleg Oleg Posted on May 10, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    The best sound among tt videos!

    Reply
  90. David Labasan Posted on August 31, 2019 at 11:38 am

    put some subtitle

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