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Table Tennis Backspin Serve  – Like a Boss!

I can’t believe William Henzell has got me
dusting the walls before my backspin service video. This video is going to be bigger than
Ben Hur and here I am dusting the walls. Hi views, my name is Brett Clarke and welcome
to my backspin serve video. Doing a great backspin
serve is all about using the wrist and the forearm and I’m going to teach you how to
do that properly, so you can go away and get backspin on your serve. The best way to hold the bat is to make a
fist and slip the bat between your thumb and your fingers. The key to learning the backspin
serve is to get your bat close to your stomach and to lock your elbow back in behind you
body. This apparatus may look like a duster purchased
at Tesco Lotus in Northern Thailand for about 3 dollars, but let me assure you it’s much
much more. I can categorically tell you that this is a Japanese Ninja Backspin Service
Assistant. I bet you’re asking how do I actually use
the Japanese Ninja Service Assistant to learn to serve the backspin serve and it’s a great
question. Let me show you. Grab your bat. Remember the fist position.
Put the Ninja Assistant behind your back, such as this and lock it in. Once you’ve done
that you are ready to practice your first good position backspin service. Notice how the Assistant locks my elbows back
in behind me so I can’t use my upper and shoulder to do the serve. So now, you’ve got the Ninja Assistant device
locked in correctly, you need to practice your serve over and over again. With your
non-playing hand pretend that you’re tossing up the ball and with your playing hand, swing
at it! This is how the swing would look from front
on. From the other side. If you aren’t lucky enough to have a quality
Japanese Ninja Serving Assistant, you can use anything like a mop, a broom, a golf club,
a stick. Anything that will allow you to lock your arms back in place and behind you to
practice your backspin serve. This is how the serve looks without the Ninja
Assistant. You can practice that for a few minutes so
you totally get the feel of how to get the bat close to your stomach and the elbow locked
in behind your body. This is me warming up for the bed serve. Once you are all ready to do the bed serve,
make sure you left foot is in front of your right and you will need to be bending your
knees and getting ready to use your wrist and forearm to generate as much backspin as
possible. Notice how my elbow is locked in behind me,
before, during and after the serve. You goal here is to hit the ball low out onto
the bed, with as much backspin as you can possibly get. If you do it correctly, the
ball should go come straight back to you. Notice how my elbow is locked in behind me,
before, during and after the serve. You goal here is to hit the ball low out onto
the bed, with as much backspin as you can possibly get. If you do it correctly, the
ball should go come straight back to you. Now moving on to the floor serve. Your goal
should be to hit the ball out about 7 meters and have enough backspin on the ball to bring
it back. Watch again for the elbow locked in behind
the body. From this angle, you can actually see the wrist snapping through to get the
backspin on the ball. A very fast wrist and forearm action is what’s
needed to bring that ball back to you. This next serve here, is actually a very good
one. It goes out low along the ground for about 7 meters and comes back extremely fast.
Last but not least, we have the table serve. This is bringing together everything we have
learned so far. Once you’ve mastered the bed and floor technique,
this should be pretty easy Make sure your left leg is touching the corner
of the table, so there’s no gaps, where you can accidently serve down.
Here, I’ve placed a couple of green foam mats on the opponent’s side of the table
and I’ve done this for 2 specific reasons. One, they are soft and a little big grippy,
so I can see the reaction from my backspin, as it hits the green mat. The second reason
is for accuracy. I want to be serving at a target, so I learn to have complete control
over my backspin serve. If you watch the reaction off the green mats,
you’ll notice just how much backspin you can generate, when you get the mechanics correct.
If you’ve enjoyed this video, you can go to for more tutorials from world class player,
William Henzell and….me.

David Frank



  1. ElMokhtar MOHAMED MOUSSA Posted on November 22, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Thanks for the great video sir !

  2. Jerred Miklowcic Posted on November 25, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I just have to say that you are the man.  Keep up the awesome content.  🙂

  3. Phạm Khánh Duy Posted on November 26, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Awesomeeee!!! Keep em' comin' boss!

  4. Ralph P Posted on November 30, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    wow your method of instruction is both fun and helpful, i will soon be joining a club for the first time and dont see it in my budget to afford lessons any time soon so instruction such as yours will be helpful

  5. Stephen Garrett Posted on December 28, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Another top class video Brett. Can't wait to watch the rest. Thank you!

  6. Vivek Verma Posted on July 15, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Thanks, funny and informative.

  7. RichS Posted on October 9, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Do you throw the ball backwards slightly (not towards your body but towards your bat) or do you make contact with the ball right in front of your body? It's a bit hard to tell.

  8. Shantanu Mittal Posted on December 17, 2015 at 8:22 am

    but the quality of the bat is also inportant

  9. Shantanu Mittal Posted on December 17, 2015 at 8:22 am

    but the quality of the bat is also inportant

  10. Grant Miller Posted on December 23, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Love the addition of at home training ideas! This is something I do quite a bit ( I have ruined our dining room table leaving little ball marks all over it lol). the bed and floor demonstrations were refreshing especially when combined with the transition to table training. Also I really enjoyed your podcast on expert table tennis. All good stuff.

  11. Marina De Maesschalck Posted on March 7, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Great video! 🙂

  12. Elda Sim Posted on April 2, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    nice, it help a lot. You, sir just got my subscribe 🙂

  13. LZcool Posted on April 24, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Great vid Brett, thanks. I've been trying to learn this, I've tried at least 1000 times and it's not close to perfection yet.
    Could you make also a video about using similar position and movements but use topspin and sidespin to the ball? Sidespin to the right is not so hard, but I would like to be able to use a similar movement and change it in the end, to surprise the oponent with a fast topspin serve. Is this possible?

    Again, thanks alot

  14. Gen D Posted on May 18, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Wow ..awesome tip. worked for me just right ..thanks a ton!

  15. Kenshin Knives Posted on June 13, 2016 at 2:44 am

    thank you very much sir for the tip,it helps a lot!!

  16. Marcus Allison Posted on November 19, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    I enjoyed this. Thank you for posting. I actually have a very good backhand backspin service. I will use your practicing drills however, to enhance the spin factor of my forehand backspin service. What impressed me about your posting is that it's rare. Generating backspin seems to be a neglected practice in table tennis. Often, I win games based solely upon my opponent's inability to return my backspin serves, and chops. I don't use pipped out rubbers either. I'm from the Caribbean, and I'm in my forties, so my playing style is a touch different than the tendency to play almost every ball either with no spin, or topspin.

  17. Joe Bulatao Posted on December 7, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Brett does all kinds of deceptive hard to return serves like a boss.

  18. Ahmed Selim Posted on February 21, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Thanks for the awesome videos Brett! Normally I don't have problems with contact points with my serves … but trying this serve I seem to miss hitting the ball quite often which is very frustrating (I toss the ball up while in position and try hitting it on the perfect contact point while it falls down – but locking my elbows like you are doing is not making me very comfortable to actually "Hit" the ball) The ball ends up falling on the floor … Any ideas how I can improve?? Appreciated as always!!

  19. igor goga Posted on June 9, 2017 at 5:17 am

    Brett, what about turning your body into the serve as Ma Long does, that is one more step? and also why do some of the players step back a little bit with the back foot as they toss? Thank you very much!!!!!

  20. temjen jamir Posted on February 14, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Great technique.