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Zhang Jike’s Serve | Table Tennis | PingSkills


Hi, I’m Alois Rosario. We’ve been asked a
question about Zhang Jike’s serve. Most of the time Zhang Jike’s serve is a basic
pendulum serve. He starts in a normal position, he goes up with his backswing and then he
swings through and contacts the ball like you would in a pendulum serve. However, after the contact he flicks his bat
out the other way. Now most of the time he’s hitting the ball as his bat is coming in,
like the normal pendulum serve, but every now and then he’ll hold the contact till a
little bit later when his bat is moving outwards. This always leaves a little bit of doubt in
your mind which way the ball is going to curve, whether he is going to hit the ball just as
it’s coming in or as it just starts to go out the other way.

David Frank

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100 COMMENTS

  1. iL3G4CY Posted on August 31, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    This serve goes too high for me wat to do??

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  2. Antonius Willson Posted on August 31, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Could you please make more videos for the penhold grip?Btw, I really like your videos guys!

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  3. Arthur Vieira Posted on August 31, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    do you recommend the blade Waldner senso ultra carbon ?

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  4. Gustav Mårdby Posted on August 31, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    thanks for showing! 🙂

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  5. Geoffrey Cheng Posted on September 1, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    it's not true. ZJK 's intention was NEVER trying to confuse his opponents (in the top 100 world with this? come on) with left or right spin. It is very obvious whether he's doing normal or reverse pendulum. He does it to set himself up in different ways, not to confuse his opponents. his look, his starting stance, his movements are all different between the two serves.

    now, props for pointing this deception trick out in such an easy to understand manner, but linking this to ZJK 's intention is just plain and flat wrong.

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  6. Roman Adar Posted on September 1, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    You guys are amazing, these serves really look great. Is there a way to generate a similar serve using backhand however, this is where my stronger side is. Thanks of course for sharing.

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  7. ? Posted on September 2, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Dude u need to twist ur waist more

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  8. Jan R. Posted on September 6, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Nice video, but I have a question to the serves of Jeff (starting at 2:35). I think he hides his serves with his arm+hand in the view of the opponent player. This is not allowed in Germany (DTTB, see chapter 6.4 and 6.5) and I think either in other leagues. Maybe you should correct this part of the video … Anyway thanks for this great explanation =)

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  9. Ahmed Rafayat Posted on September 7, 2014 at 3:46 am

    Hey which bat do you use? And can u recommebd a bat that has good spin but doesnt cost as much as a pro bat? Thanks

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  10. EtichettaBlue Posted on September 8, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Ahahahaha, You haven't understood nothing about his serves…
    Try to watch better next time! See you!

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  11. Clautan Posted on September 8, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    The Timo Boll serve please

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  12. MyNimbus2000 Posted on September 11, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    2:00 It looks like you didn't generate any side spin with this serve. was it intentional?

    This brings up a major concern I have with this serve. Whatever spin generated here would be quite weak because it's either the end or the beginin of a swing. How do you overcome it?

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  13. MyNimbus2000 Posted on September 11, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Also, I thought when he does that signature motion it's mostly reverse pendulum. His pendulum serve is here:

    2014 China Trials for WTTTC: MA Long Vs ZHANG Jike [HD] [Full Match/Extended Commentary|Awards]

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  14. Danny Keil Posted on November 1, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Doesn't Xu Xin do the same serve? @PingSkills 

    Reply
  15. 3rd Eye of the Tiger Posted on November 21, 2014 at 6:35 am

    It'd be great to see this in combination with the Ma Lin serve

    Reply
  16. Dimitar Dimitrov Posted on November 23, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Waldner's serve is one of my favorite serves. Can you make a video about his method?

    Reply
  17. DiaboloMenthe18 Posted on December 6, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Sorry guys but you are wrong, it's not every now and then that ZJK does the reverse pendulum serve with the motion you describe but… ALWAYS. At the beginning I was thinking too that he was faking a reverse pendulum serve but he is actually really doing a reverse pendulum. It's just because the change of direction is very fast.. 

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  18. Ibrahim Tuffaha Posted on December 13, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Even my age is 54. This site helped me so much for developing my skills in ping pong

    Reply
  19. ณัฐวุฒิ บุปผาเดช Posted on February 18, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Thanks for this VDO I'm appreciated.

    Reply
  20. MKWKezer Posted on February 19, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Of course, he does try to confuse the opponent.. That's what a service is about 😡

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  21. Ming Yong Posted on March 2, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    hi ping skills how do you guys and pros have such amazing serves, serving short with high quality input the ball is like 2nd nature to pros.

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  22. Ming Yong Posted on March 2, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    and the placement and consistency of the serve is near perfect.

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  23. Eklavya Goyal Posted on March 12, 2015 at 5:52 am

    how can we purchase a plastic ball please tell pl sir alois rosario and sir jeff plumb

    Reply
  24. MrMagicpantz200 Posted on June 2, 2015 at 1:43 am

    Can you do a video on Dimitrij Ovtcharov's backhand serve?

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  25. TheElementalz Posted on August 20, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Jeez, how many ping pong balls do you have in your pocket Coach Alois?

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  26. Stig Posted on August 21, 2015 at 10:37 am

    this doesnt even close to ZJK's serve, This one has different ball contact compared to zjk's

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  27. JIYEON CHOI Posted on September 8, 2015 at 1:52 am

    U HELPED ME A LOT!! THANK 4 THE TIP!!! NOW I CAN CHALLENGE MY DAD, A PROFESSIOAL PING PONG PLAYER!!!! Oops all caps

    Reply
  28. TheElementalz Posted on September 14, 2015 at 9:13 am

    You should do Kenta Matsudaria's Reverse Tomahawk Serve

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  29. Jeff Plumb Posted on October 3, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Hi ICantForgetThis,

    I'd recommend that if you are a penhold player that you stick with that grip for serving. The penhold naturally has a good grip for serving.

    Reply
  30. Licht Key Posted on October 26, 2015 at 9:22 am

    COACH I WISH U WERE RIGHT HANDED. LOVE UR VIDEO. I LEARN FROM UR VIDEO. BUT ITS HARD FOR ME TO LEARN WITH LEFT HANDED COACH.

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  31. Albert C Posted on December 18, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    But how do I keep this serve short like he does?

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  32. JohnGT Films Posted on January 5, 2016 at 11:54 am

    +PingSkills How to train 9 years old to spin serve??

    Reply
  33. Haniez Chocolate Posted on February 5, 2016 at 5:14 am

    i love pingskills….many things i had learn from you guys

    Reply
  34. Tomn8er Posted on May 27, 2016 at 2:17 am

    cheeky serve. I like it!

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  35. Chronex EU Posted on June 1, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    +PingSkills you can help me because when I do that serve so it is no spin on the ball . ps I'm not so good in English lol

    Reply
  36. KRISHNA MURTY Posted on June 25, 2016 at 2:49 am

    The best to learn table tennis

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  37. Anuradha Lahiri Posted on June 28, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Best youtuber for table tennis !

    Reply
  38. Mandritzio Posted on July 16, 2016 at 4:50 am

    You have earned a subscription my friend, love your videos 🙂

    Reply
  39. v m bareja Posted on August 26, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Nice video……….you all are amazing…..

    Reply
  40. Lumenion 13 Posted on September 1, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    do we need to touch the ball when we swing in?

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  41. Sunita Singhal Posted on September 12, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    pls tell the song nameits really good

    Reply
  42. Mighty Hunter™ Posted on September 24, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Make A Video of Ma Lin's Ghost Serve Tutorial

    Reply
  43. Arad Gharib Posted on October 7, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    please to stuff about Timo boll

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  44. PongZD Posted on October 11, 2016 at 2:06 am

    Check out my serve. It is pretty funny and is impossible to return!

    Reply
  45. Unlimited Vegas Posted on October 25, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    abi allah razi olsun senden masa tenisi oynarken kizlara kesme atıyorum hem maci kazaniyorum hem kizlari sikiyorum iyiki varsin reizz..

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  46. Dima Shevchenko Posted on October 29, 2016 at 10:26 am

    What about Samsonovs Serve? That would been amazing!

    Reply
  47. Manas Patil Posted on November 18, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Which is the best service in 🏓

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  48. omair abdul Posted on November 22, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    when serving why do you flick your wrist right and then left?
    why do you have to change your motion, does it deceive your opponent or create some kind of a spin?

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  49. sashazxtt Posted on November 23, 2016 at 5:41 am

    thanks for providing us with the great tutorials. but I think that most of the serves in this video would be deemed illegal at any tournament. you are throwing the ball backwards, not vertically. a good example is at 1:30.

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  50. sashazxtt Posted on November 23, 2016 at 5:41 am

    thanks for providing us with the great tutorials. but I think that most of the serves in this video would be deemed illegal at any tournament. you are throwing the ball backwards, not vertically. a good example is at 1:30.

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  51. mykelle alvizo Posted on December 14, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    can you do the serve of malong and make a video about it

    Reply
  52. Mani Jindal Posted on December 18, 2016 at 5:32 am

    How to serve like jan ove waldner he confuses many players please make a video on it

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  53. kashish rajput Posted on December 30, 2016 at 11:33 am

    i can't understand it is so difficult

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  54. Arthur França Posted on December 30, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Zhang jike uses allwas reverse pendulum with this serve.

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  55. TheVastNoob Posted on January 6, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    The hard part for me is after you hit the ball normally you have to turn it back the other direction really fast.

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  56. hassan khan Posted on January 12, 2017 at 10:30 am

    a pendulum serve is basically a side spin serve?

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  57. artmaroof90 Posted on January 15, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    man i hv been struggling with those spin serves i will try this pendulum serve or recommend me an easy spin serve technique

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  58. Skull Magic Posted on February 11, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    That serve is not worked for me..😭😭

    Reply
  59. Dr Strange Posted on February 27, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Guys How can i train myself in home ?? Without A table?

    Reply
  60. Tantranghoang Nguyen Posted on April 8, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Thanks you guys very much. I learnt a lot from your videos.

    Reply
  61. Ajs03 Posted on April 10, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Does Jens Lundqvist use this serve

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  62. Ajs03 Posted on April 12, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Thanks pingskills

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  63. nidhi sharma Posted on April 13, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    sir try out the tomahawk

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  64. chebkhaled1985 Posted on April 21, 2017 at 10:39 am

    guys I love your stuff .. but he never do that , I watched like a million videos of him and I can tell when the ball is in the air if it is going to be pendeluum or reverse pendeluum , two distict serves, the only deception is if they with top or under spin

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  65. Aitzaz Posted on May 2, 2017 at 11:24 am

    I am a 13 year old,which blade should I use?

    Reply
  66. Amutha Selvamani Posted on May 7, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    i just love pingskills so much….and i think i watched all of their videos……they r amazing…..and i started playing table tennis like a pro after i saw all of their videos…and i hope u will upload more videos….plz upload more.. im waiting for it

    Reply
  67. rekha nayak Posted on May 10, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Can you please show us the ma long serve?

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  68. Hae Yeong Park Posted on June 12, 2017 at 2:09 am

    pingskills can u help me i want to Do that serve because thats my fav.serve

    Reply
  69. Weeb Runner Posted on July 16, 2017 at 3:20 am

    I tricked my friend with this method many times lol

    Reply
  70. amita maahajan Posted on August 15, 2017 at 3:14 am

    great man

    Reply
  71. Asriel Posted on August 20, 2017 at 5:36 am

    Fan Zhendong Is Second Xu Xin Is Third

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  72. -I N F I N I T Y- Posted on September 15, 2017 at 7:43 am

    thnx pingskills yall been helping ppl a lot..thnx for doing this .I have know about pendulum serve and also know to do it but im not able to understand about the reverse pendulum serve.

    Reply
  73. The Imperishable Posted on September 22, 2017 at 11:31 am

    What's your advice……shall I serve longer or shorter

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  74. The Imperishable Posted on September 22, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Pls make a video of Indian table tennis players

    Reply
  75. Otis Mack Posted on October 16, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Doesn't the ball have to be thrown straight up to be legal? You seem to be throwing it a long way back towards your body? Just asking as I don't know,

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  76. Danny Mercer Posted on October 29, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Some of the serves at the end looked illegal as the free hand was obstructing the view of the contact point.

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  77. Abdullah Aslam Posted on December 12, 2017 at 9:53 am

    hey ping skills i wanted to ask you guys if you can teach ma long's serve.

    Reply
  78. maya mamood Posted on December 23, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    How do you do the kenta matsudairaa sidespin block

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  79. Bahtijar Posted on February 13, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    This is false how you do it. There is almost no sidespin in your serves 1:57 ( You can see the ball closer with just topsin).. And it is predictable

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  80. Влад Карлащук Posted on March 10, 2018 at 9:15 am

    Made video Ma long serve's please.

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  81. Jesh Paul Posted on March 17, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Nice video Coach.My question is this.Does the bat quality play a crucial role in generating more spin and speed?Like if we do the sidespin serve with a beginner bat with some rubber vs a high quality bat like the one you use

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  82. Talha Mazhar Posted on March 31, 2018 at 8:41 am

    Did anyone notice that they are throwing the ball towards their body and not straight up. It is actually wrong.

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  83. sangeeta kaushik Posted on May 1, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Nice serves

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  84. HowardW21 Games Posted on May 26, 2018 at 1:10 am

    ITS NOT HIS SERVE ITS JUST A NORMAL SIDE SPIN! LIAR

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  85. Niepu Grey Posted on June 11, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Can u show it in slow motion? And tips to do it

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  86. IDKwhatToNameMyYoutubeChannel Posted on June 18, 2018 at 6:32 am

    Zhang Jike doesn't do that to confuse his opponents, he's not even doing a regular pendulum serve. His serve is a reverse pendulum serve, that's why his end motion swing is on the other side.

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  87. Akhila Aravind Posted on June 20, 2018 at 11:44 am

    That wire near your leg's like a tail

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  88. Gourav Gourav Posted on July 7, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Can u teach how to do backspin service

    Reply
  89. Sushma Gupta Posted on September 8, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    How to react to the returning chop in the playing rally

    Reply
  90. Shlok Maheswari Posted on November 12, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    which racquet is best DHS hurricane 3 neo or mark 5 I am a attacking player any another racquet you could suggest at a low cost

    Reply
  91. Bun chhunneang Posted on December 2, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    Can u plz tell me how to do Waldner serve

    Reply
  92. Archana Singh Posted on December 23, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Can you tell us about Werner schlager's serve

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  93. Lukas Brodérus Posted on December 25, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    left handed people should not be allowed to play they confuse me so much

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  94. 김영준 Posted on January 22, 2019 at 3:24 am

    탁구를 잘치시내요ㅎㅎ~~

    Reply
  95. Tinkee Posted on April 7, 2019 at 6:43 am

    now…how do i receive this serve or counter it?

    Reply
  96. wandaba Posted on May 26, 2019 at 7:42 am

    it looks so easy to do in the video, but while trying I can't get that feeling to change the direction just before making contact. needs a LOT of practice

    Reply
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