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Wind Shield Wiper Serve | PingSkills | Table Tennis

Hi, I’m Alois Rosario from PingSkills and
Dirk has asked us a question about the windshield wiper serve. The windshield wiper serve is called the windshield
wiper serve because the action looks a bit like a windshield wiper. Now when you’re doing the windshield wiper
serve what you need to think about is your start position and your finish position and
it’s like a windshield wiper starting from one side going up and down and across the
other way. Now where do we hit the ball for this serve?
You can hit it at several different points. If you hit the ball when the bat is coming
up you’re going to get a bit of topspin. If you hit it right at the top here you’re going
to get sidespin only and if you hit it on the way down you’re going to get some backspin
with the windshield wiper serve. The serve can be effective because it’s a
serve that isn’t used very much so players don’t have experience in returning it. The
other reason is that you can get some nice subtle variations between the topspin, the
sidespin, and the backspin. So why not go out and have a go at trying
the windshield wiper serve. It can be a little bit awkward sometimes but give it a try. One
thing that is a little bit awkward is your hitting position. So because you are fairly
low and you’re hitting the ball from in front of your body there, it’s quite difficult to
get back and ready into the next position at the top level but see at your level can
you use it and can it be effective for your game. For the pendulum serve I’m in this position
here, I serve and basically I’m in the ready position for the next ball. For the windshield
wiper serve, I’m here, I’m down, and then I need to get all the way up and ready for
that next ball. So the amount of spin you can generate is
limited by the wrist action because you are coming across with your wrist position there
so you’re not able to generate as much motion for the serve and therefore you won’t be able
to generate as much spin as you can say for the pendulum serve.

David Frank



  1. Abdullah Abbasi Posted on September 1, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    love the video but can you do video on a really rare serve that can be effective

  2. abetroll01 Posted on September 1, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Lol. I love Alois. THE WIN-SHEEL WAH-PAH SERVE.

  3. Roman Adar Posted on September 1, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Great serve and I've never saw it beforehand. Thanks for sharing and It's worth giving it a try.

  4. Tamás Méhes Posted on September 1, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Ruta Paskauskiene serve …… 🙂

  5. nndei Posted on September 1, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Hello, I would like to know what you guys think about the Joola Carbon Pro racket? I am an intermediate player, I would like to stick to premade bats for now. I am worried about the rubber, it looks quit plain with no pimples, but the spin stats say 92/100. Shouldn't pimple give grip and therefore good spin response? Thank you guys

  6. Abdul Hadi Posted on September 2, 2016 at 4:07 am

    can you please make a video about how to hide spin in serve

  7. CGoliday1 Posted on September 2, 2016 at 4:28 am

    thx for something new to own the table with

  8. Jai Sarda Posted on September 3, 2016 at 4:26 am

    from where i can download these awesome videos

  9. Bm S Posted on September 3, 2016 at 4:51 am

    Many thanks for being a guide, Guru & an inspiration for young kids living thousands of Kms away from you! Thanks.

  10. Ash 01 Posted on September 3, 2016 at 8:31 am

    When you serve like this which spin is the best topspin or backspin??

  11. ANKM Posted on September 3, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    I use penhold stile, but i have problem using the backside of the bat. any help?

  12. Pearce Lacey Posted on September 3, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks for teaching table tennis and making it easy and fun

  13. Pearce Lacey Posted on September 3, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    One question I am trying to practice daily but my friend who isn't practicing is still beating me do you have any tips?

  14. Shackle Roy Consul Posted on September 3, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    can you do a banana flick with a long pimples

  15. Joshua Usigan Posted on September 4, 2016 at 1:47 am

    Where i can buy a Bat in Australia ?

  16. Beena Nair Posted on September 4, 2016 at 9:54 am

    do a serve that is tough to play

  17. Lorenzo Santos Posted on September 4, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    When explaining things I hope you can add some animations or zoom in the ball. Its hard when the camera just sits there.. Thanks

  18. Fevernova Posted on September 5, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Hey, can I apply Mark V rubber on my Butterfly Addoy 1000 ply? I know it's a basic ply but ply only affects 10% of the bat right?

  19. INFAMOUS GAMING Posted on September 6, 2016 at 8:34 am

    plz hlp me u r not replying I have an question….

  20. INFAMOUS GAMING Posted on September 6, 2016 at 8:46 am

    thickness in long pips changes what??is it beneficial to get thick or not

  21. Shail Talwar Posted on September 6, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    these guys are really good and very informative

  22. vongrith serey Posted on September 7, 2016 at 4:40 am

    Can u tell how to against a short and spin serve???

  23. White Fang Posted on September 7, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    I am aware that you are Aussies and I am from the U.k. , however. Would you be able to recommend any websites where I would be able to buy decent/good quality table tennis balls in bulk?
    Thank you kindly.

  24. Kishen Pankhania Posted on September 7, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    I use that serve quite a bit, but with my motion being the other way with the bat moving away from the body

  25. michael Davila Posted on September 8, 2016 at 6:58 am

    hello coach does the wingshield wiper serve needs a spin

  26. SnowDew Posted on September 9, 2016 at 8:06 am

    mhmm well its a very weak serve
    probably never going to use it lol
    nice video explaining it though!

  27. Abdul Hadi Posted on September 13, 2016 at 4:47 am

    can you please make a video about how to hide spin in serve because I played a pro he served it looked like side spin but it was top spin

  28. ice man Posted on September 16, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    i started using this serve as a placement ball or as a ball to push my opponent further back from the table. I've gotten many complements of how good of a serve it is, i dont over use it, i like to balance between a backhand side spin/backspin, pendulum serve and i also use a reverse windshield wiper, so far the windshield wiper has gotten me the most free points. i want to thank you guys for the videos you post, i learn so much from your videos and i regularly check in at your website as well.

  29. Rafael Lava Posted on September 17, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    how will i return that serve ? thank you in advance

  30. Shoaib S.m Posted on September 17, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    ping skills can you make a video on ma long's serve. I have seen many videos but still can't understand how to do it.

  31. Abhinandan Ray Posted on September 25, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    one of my colleagues use this kind of serve and he is master in it and he generated a lot of spin in it as well also able to back to his position very quickly… i just want to know how to return his service as whenever i blocks the ball goes out of the table all the time

  32. leexster Posted on September 26, 2016 at 8:05 am

    The only top player I know who uses this serve effectively is Ruta Paskauskiene. A very rare serve indeed!

  33. daniyelplainview Posted on September 27, 2016 at 8:00 am

    All I know about this game is from four years of college. Nobody taught us.We just tried different things to make thins difficult for the opponent. After all these years it feels strange to see those are actual techniques. I had a serve that can be best called a back hand wind shied wiper. It can be used to serve with reasonably good pace with deceptive side spin which is difficult to return. But any way, armature pass time of ours is no where close to dedicated practice. Nice channel mate. Keep going.

  34. Made Thought Posted on October 5, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    Old Soviet serve. Called "fan" like ventiliater.

  35. Rafy Nashed Posted on October 12, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    I wanna to learn how to make forehead

  36. Raman Kumar Posted on October 25, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    you are the best

  37. Mr Underhill Posted on October 31, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Awesome Video as always!
    Very helpful!

  38. MSH Beatbox Posted on November 25, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    i frustrated my opponents with this serve.thanks

  39. Christopher James Thong Posted on December 19, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Have you got skinnier???????!!!!! hahah havent watched you guys for a while but great video none the less 🙂

  40. Alanaruto Uzumaki Posted on January 28, 2017 at 11:51 am

    I thought I invented that serve 🙁

  41. g imre Posted on January 31, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Dear Alois !
    We would see how to do the corkscrew spin serve and and
    how to hit the ball to make a corkscrew shot effectively !

  42. Marcel Velina Posted on February 2, 2017 at 9:11 pm


  43. Samphel Rinchen Posted on February 15, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    This serve looks funny😂 but I think it's effective

  44. Ashwini Panigrahy Posted on February 24, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    plz make a video on playing in pimpled rubber bat

  45. Sandeep Mehta Posted on February 26, 2017 at 9:18 am

    How to receive zhing jike serve with lower height

  46. Jonathan Yung Posted on March 2, 2017 at 7:29 am

    lol for some reason i did it today at tt training and it confused my peers. i had to explain to them that this serve is a rarely used serve😂

  47. soumya sengupta Posted on March 2, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Can you suggest an effective way to counter the windshield serve??

  48. Prasant Mishra Posted on March 3, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    The name is cool but one lift forehand smash and the ball won't be seen on the table😅😅

  49. Sanjid Rahman Posted on March 11, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    can u tell me how to give the toughest serve to counter

  50. Jaffar Lone Posted on March 21, 2017 at 6:35 am

    What sort of return would be appropriate for this serve. I imagine a counter aimed towards the middle of the table, is that correct or do you recommend something else.

  51. Simran Rattan Posted on March 22, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    how attend heavy chop

  52. Simran Rattan Posted on March 23, 2017 at 7:20 am

    how to improve the game fast with exercise and the game we play to make strong

  53. Simran Rattan Posted on March 24, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    how to improve your backhand

  54. Simran Rattan Posted on April 6, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    how to win from that person who is having best backhand

  55. VikoTMM //TheMinecraftMan Posted on April 8, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    How can i increase my Table Tennis speed by practising at home? @pingpong skills

  56. Amrish Sharma Posted on April 9, 2017 at 9:56 am

    plzz make a video to win from that opponent who is having long pips racket

  57. Jolteon RL Posted on April 15, 2017 at 12:36 am

    Does knuckleball exist? My opponent once made a serve which spins left but suddenly spins again to the right.

  58. George Taliat Posted on April 28, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    this is my go to serve to win a point. i usually am able to generate much more spin than this and dont have an issue getting back for the return (at least at my level of playing) but only problem and reason why i dont always use this is that i make few unforced errors(net and outs) during the serve so i use this one as a surprise serve

  59. Andy Zhao Posted on April 30, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    So, is this serve pretty much the reverse tomahawk serve?

  60. Funkytrip73 Posted on April 30, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    We try all kinds of weird service tactics at our non-club-but-pretty-good-soccer/tennis-players group (so very good ball insight,anticipation and reactions) and this actually is one of the services that is pretty effective. Especially the side spin-one is hard to return for non-pingpong players.

  61. Avinash Jain Posted on June 9, 2017 at 7:20 am

    How can we return wind shield service

  62. Smit Joshi Posted on June 20, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Best serve, I won almost all matches in the tournament bcz of this

  63. fernando Santiano Posted on June 30, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    ping skills are u won in competition

  64. Weat Fahrtz Posted on August 2, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    the bird poop serve would render the windsheild wiper ineffective

  65. Akshay Kapoor Posted on August 27, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    I'm not able to spin on either side using this serve . The ball just go straight and people smash it

  66. Burhan Ayan Posted on September 22, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Your advices about topspin, sidespin and backspin are very useful and easier. I have always tried arm force to produce backspin by pulling racket downward at the end of motion for ten years 🙂

  67. Mike D Posted on September 24, 2017 at 1:17 am

    I have used this serve in certain situations, it works out great!

  68. Msh Alsarag Posted on September 28, 2017 at 6:29 am

    I'm a heavy weight player I want a way to play a game to win the tennis table

  69. Dnyanesh Sawant Posted on October 10, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    What variations can I do against an opponent who opens this serve and makes it difficult for me to be ready?

  70. Dnyanesh Sawant Posted on October 13, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Which effective service can I do if I am player good in long rallies?

  71. Boris Graell Posted on November 29, 2017 at 4:08 am

    You are the best, greetings from Panama

  72. Byron Fuentes Posted on December 10, 2017 at 1:24 am

    i do it alot is one of my strongest serves

  73. SilenceDZN Does Designs Posted on December 23, 2017 at 5:48 pm


  74. Himalaya Prakash Posted on January 14, 2018 at 4:16 am

    I just want to ask that how to do this in penhold..?

  75. Kris Posted on January 18, 2018 at 10:08 am

    I thought that I invented this serve. I modified my fade shot to create this. Pch… It is already existing.

  76. Jeongwoo CHOI Posted on February 1, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Ding Ning could have this as a trick up her sleeve 😀

  77. KALLOL MUKHERJEE Posted on February 5, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    How can I play an offensive short when the ball comes towards me with a reverse spin near the net?

  78. Ronin Posted on February 18, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    For some reason, when you said hi I thought of Dele Alli…

  79. hemant trivedi Posted on February 25, 2018 at 8:36 am

    how to return that servr, wind shild wiper serve

  80. I-am Konstantin Posted on March 21, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Hello, thanks for this video. How do you return this serve as it has a lot of spin on it? Thank you!

  81. vs singh Posted on May 12, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    Side pin serve?

  82. Akhmad Mizkat Posted on May 14, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    A friend of mine managed to master it by himself and maybe don't even know that the technique has a name. Good job mate +Sendy Radiana

  83. Akshay Nayak Posted on June 25, 2018 at 6:32 am

    Which one is easy

  84. Pbora H Posted on July 18, 2018 at 11:42 am

    His head is brighter than my future.

  85. Kanica Gupta Posted on July 20, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    How to do a fast simple serve ???

  86. Allan Dsouza Posted on July 22, 2018 at 8:48 am

    2:01 thank me later

  87. Aniket Kamble Posted on July 31, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    How to take wind shield wiper serv

  88. Dheeraj Mani Posted on August 7, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    Is there any legal way to swing the racqet..????
    Plzzz let me know..

  89. shrayas rungta Posted on August 16, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Hey! I wanted to know how to play this serve..

  90. Jayanti bohra Posted on August 17, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    Can you teach the best answer for smash I am a beginner

  91. Mr X Tutor Posted on August 18, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    I can play all the strokes correctly but still i lose my game .can you suggest me regarding this pingskills?

  92. Mr X Tutor Posted on August 21, 2018 at 11:38 am

    i always tries to attack every ball and in this i lose points.Actually i become a bit nervous and makes a mistake in my timing .Even though my oppent is not that good but i give points myself . I think the main reason is timing

  93. Chaitany Jain Posted on September 3, 2018 at 9:17 am

    Not able to bring top spin in game but multiball

  94. Reuben Alphonse Posted on December 16, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    can you please put a video on how to return a windshield serve

  95. Page Marion Posted on March 21, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    Can’t believe that dude from how i met your mother plays ping pong

  96. Rajagopal Kv Posted on May 24, 2019 at 5:59 am

    We call this omelette

  97. NajsMen Posted on June 29, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    I cant hold it like that i can only hold it like pen

  98. paul klebeck Posted on July 11, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Alles wäre O.K. wenn nicht diese mjaulnde Sprache.

  99. Hiking Scenery Posted on September 15, 2019 at 7:53 am

    This is my go to serve against less experienced players: many can't return it at all even when they know it's coming (game after game!). Their body position looked awkward on the video. As a right hander I turn my left shoulder towards the table and hit the ball out to the right of my body near the right edge of the table. The wiper motion naturally brings me front on to receive their return, and I don't have to bob down like the instructors did. I find it's mostly side and top spin, and best directed across court and perhaps into their body a bit so the trajectory of the ball and spin combine to send the return off the table to the server's backhand side (esp if they backhand the return (for right handers)). I can get a bit of backspin as they described but I think it's more useful as side and top spin serve. You can do a backhanded variation that is a little less effective but good for variation. Do everything I've described but reversed..